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The municipal building of the city of Kyoto was designed by Goichi Takeda (1872-1938, 武田五一), in collaboration with Shinichi Nakano (中野進一). Constructed in two stages, the first stage was finished in 1927 and the second one in 1931. This photo, taken in May 1934, therefore shows the building when it was still quite new. Goichi Takeda, who founded the department of architecture at Kyoto University, played an important role in the establishment of modern Japanese architecture in the Kansai area.
This glass slide is one of a series of slides of Japan that was used by the New York State Education Department to teach students about Japan.