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Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History (Former Yokohama Specie Bank)

With a Neo-Baroque style and dome that appears too large for the overall structure, this imposing building was consciously designed to be visible from the port. It was erected in 1904 as the head offices of Yokohama Specie Bank, a pre-World War II institution that specializes in trade financing and foreign exchange. Alongside HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) and Chartered Bank, the bank played a key role in Asia. Now converted into a museum, both the inside and the outside of the building convey the evolution of Yokohama, a city that experienced rapid growth after Japan reopened to the outside world in the late 19th century, while playing a different role from Tokyo, the seat of the national government.

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  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History (Former Yokohama Specie Bank)

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Yorinaka Tsumaki

    1904

    http://ch.kanagawa-museum.jp/

    Courtesy of Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History (Former Yokohama Specie Bank)

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Yorinaka Tsumaki

    1904

    http://ch.kanagawa-museum.jp/

    Courtesy of Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History