Kawagoe (“Little Edo”)

In 1893, the town of Kawagoe was destroyed by a fire. During the rebuilding, the Kura-Zukrui (Kura-Style) buildings were built with thick, black, fire-proof clay walls.

Fast-forward to 1945, when the majority of Tokyo was destroyed during World War II. Fortunately, several of the buildings in Kawagoe survived. Today, this provides visitors with a sense of what Tokyo (formerly known as Edo) was like prior to WWII.

The house in the middle of the (below) photo is the Osawa-Ke Jutaku (Osawa Family House) and was built in 1792!

Toki no Kane (The Bell of Time) is a well-known symbol of Kawagoe. It is believed the tower was built over 400 years ago. The tower has burned down several times, but has always been rebuilt by local merchants.

There were a number of people drawing the tower from different angles…

One way to tour the city…

No matter where you go in Japan, Tommy Lee Jones is ALWAYS there for you. 🙂

We found 1 tree with a few remaining blossoms…

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2 Responses to “Kawagoe (“Little Edo”)”

  1. Shelley Says:

    Beth, these are amazing! I absolutely cannot wait to visit you. After seeing these, I told Tracy “I want to go to Tokyo” and he said to ask God for the finances or to make a way. I will!

  2. seebeautiful Says:

    Thanks Shelley. You should definitely come over to visit! After you visit, maybe you could add a “Tokyo” category to your upcoming Fine Art Prints line??

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