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St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral (聖ザビエル天主堂)


Meiji Mura’s St. John’s Church (聖ヨハネ教会堂) from Kyoto

Meiji Mura St Johns Church 聖ヨハネ教会堂 from Kyoto

聖ヨハネ教会堂 (1906)

St. John’s Church from Kyoto (1907)

Meiji Mura's St. John's Church from Kyoto 1907

Meiji Mura’s St. John’s Church (聖ヨハネ教会堂) from Kyoto (1907)

I was a bit surprised to find my random, desktop image of the day to be from Japan. But Meiji Mura is no ordinary place in Japan. At Meiji Mura you can find old buildings from all over Japan that have been moved to this location to continue to exist. Soon St. John’s Church will have spent more time in Meiji Mura than it did in Kyoto as it was moved to its current location in 1965.

Meiji Mura on Lake Iruka

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First day of school

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Japanese school classroom built in 1888 in Mie prefecture (三重県), now part of Meiji Mura

The school year begins in April in Japan.

Museum Wedding

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Meiji Mura’s “Museum Wedding” display in St. John’s Church (Inuyama, Japan — formerly in Kyoto)

Christian churches aren’t common in Japan. Those that exist tend to be tiny boxes or rented spaces. Recently, however, getting married in a fancy Christian church has become fashionable. In addition, people are willing to spend far more on weddings than on other goods and services. Therefore, (fake) Christian chapels have sprung up with the intent of hosting weddings, not church services.

Today’s photo comes from a real church, but a church that hasn’t been used for its original purpose in many decades. St. John’s Church was built in 1907 and designed by James McDonald Gardiner, an American Anglican church missionary who spent much of his life in Meiji Era Japan. The church was relocated from Kyoto’s Kawaramachi Street to Meiji Mura in 1963.

Now, if you have enough money, you can get married there.