The Magistrate’s Office

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At the heart of Goryokaku Fort is the Hakodate Magistrate’s Office, which was reconstructed in 2006 - 2010 using traditional building techniques. It is a true work of art and stunningly beautiful in its simplicity inside. There is an excellent history section inside and a brief film showing how the restoration work was done; well worth a visit.

My photos really do not do justice to the proportions and elegance of the internal structures. I have always admired Japanese design, but I am simply not designed myself to sit on the floor or sleep on futons with hard pillows!

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The Magistrate not only administered law and order, his job was more like that of a city major, overseeing all activities in Hakodate. Just imagine having this place as your office?





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