A Regional Arcadia
Naruto Culture Center
Standing in a scenic location, the building has the appearance of a seaside Parthenon. It was designed by Tomoya Masuda, an architect and a professor at Kyoto University. Due to a personal connection to the mayor of Naruto, who remained in office for almost 30 years, Masuda was able to realize approximately 20 public buildings in the town, including this posthumous work, based on his own philosophical theory of architecture. Though there was a clear effort to centralize the country in Tokyo after World War II, regional governments and widespread wealth helped produce many notable architects who were fostered by specific regions. Masuda is one good example.