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Fujimura Memorial Hall

An old school building dating back to 1875

Near Kofu Station in Yamanashi stands a striking building with graceful lines and dark gray window shutters. It looks sort of colonial, and was in fact one of the earliest Western Style buildings to be built in Yamanashi. It is named for Shiro Fujimura, the second governor of Yamanashi, who encouraged Yamanashi people to imitate Western styles of architecture - a trend starting in the early Meiji Era. The building served as a school until 1957, then after a few years as a community center, it was moved to the present site near Kofu station to be preserved as a national cultural asset of importance. Admission is free, and there are some interesting objects on display.

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