"We require from buildings two kinds of goodness. First, the doing their practical duty well, then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it."
Bottom left: The destroyed outer wall of a huge traditional-style mansion. Bottom right: a rusty blue storage shed and a destroyed garage attached to an obviously still-in-use home.
Historic architecture is something that I've always had a bit of a weak spot for. Give me a beautiful old house over a modern one any day of the week, no matter how nice the granite counter-tops and Jacuzzi tub might be. I love wood features, classic tiling, porcelain tubs, intricate molding, big, dark, solid front doors. But these qualities are all distinctly Western. These old Japanese buildings have none of them--to be honest, they're not even that old. It's an interesting thing for me to think about. Is it really dilapidation? Or is it just one more (slightly out of the ordinary) manifestation of Japanese elegance? I know which way I'd lean.
On a separate note:
I've created a Photobucket account so I can upload the pictures I've been taking. There just isn't enough room to put them all in my blog entries (and most of them aren't good enough to make the cut, to be honest!) so if you'd like to see more pictures of my town and my various adventures, I present a slideshow for your viewing pleasure! If you'd like to see my whole photo library, just click on the "View Album" link that pops up when you hover your mouse over the slideshow.