Monday, October 23rd, 2023

The first Hyogo Prefectural Office: a beautiful recreation

Photograph of the inside of a museum with a modern desk and people looking on

One of the local museums recreated the original Hyogo Prefectural Office. The craftsmanship that went into it is stunning, and while it has that beautiful “new wood” smell, I’m sure it will season beautifully in the years ahead.

Hyogo as an administrative region dates back to the 19th Century. It takes its name from the old Hyogo Port, which was subsumed into what became Kobe. The museum’s compound is based on drawings and plans from this era.

Overall it’s a beautiful diversion, albeit tucked away a little off the beaten track. But I do have one observation:

After all this beautiful work was put together, the museum used cheap flat pack furniture to furnish the buildings. That, or plastic inserts and cable runs were all the rage in 1865.

Photograph of an ornamental garden in a Japanese style with a person sitting looking over it

That aside, the Hyogo-no-Tsu museum is worth a visit as it covers the history of the region in some detail. And there’s an excellent food court in the Aeon shopping mall next door.

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