Built Environment: An Alternative Guide to Japan

Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata and The Japan Foundation organised an exhibition on the architecture of Japan from 15 February to 26 February 2019 at Abanindranath Tagore Gallery, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata.
This traveling exhibition comprised of photographs, texts and videos introduces various buildings, civil-engineering projects and landscapes. In temporal scope, the exhibition extends from the modern era of the late 19th century to the present and geographically, it includes at least one offering from each of Japan’s 47 prefectures.


The exhibition was inaugurated by Consul-General of Japan, Mr. Masayuki Taga and Prof. Amitava Roy, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture Town & Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology (IIEST), Shibpur.
Prof. Roy, who has done his Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Building Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan in 1995 and 1998 respectively with Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (MONBUKAGAKUSHO) Research Fellowship, said, that while he was a student, he was mesmerised by the architectural excellence of Japan. He also mentioned that since, Japan is prone to earthquake, the meticulous planning and designing makes the buildings and other civil-engineering projects earthquake resistant as well.
Consul-General, Mr. Taga said that this exhibition showcases 80 built items of various kinds from all the prefectures of Japan and hoped through which, the visitors' understanding about Japanese Environment and architecture would be deepened.


The exhibition was appreciated by the people of Kolkata including the students of architecture and the students of Japanese language.