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The Komai Residence (Taku & Shizue Komai Museum)

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The greenhouse standing in a corner of the garden is used for events and displays panels explaining Dr. Komai’s work

Vories’ architecture in Kita-Shirakawa

A western style house designed by the architect William Merrell Vories for Dr. Taku Komai, a geneticist and professor in the science department of the Kyoto Imperial University, this residence, built in 1927, is now a museum, showing a Spanish facade that was popular in America back then. The two-story timber house features a gabled roof with reddish roof tiles. Downstairs there is a hallway, living room, dining room and six-mat Japanese room, while upstairs has bedrooms and a study. And, while many aspects of the house are geared to practicality, it also maintains an expression that is figuratively and decoratively superb, making it a fine example of eastern and western architectural fusion.
In 2002, the land and residence were donated to the Japan National Trust, in order for the architecture to be enjoyed and the lives of the erstwhile residents Taku and Shizue Komai to be told.

photoSource: Japan National Trust

Source: Japan National Trust

photoSource: Japan National Trust

Source: Japan National Trust

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Question

Dr. Taku Komai was known as Japan’s version of a famous evolutionist – who?

Address 64 Kitashirakawa Iori-cho, Sakyo-ku
TEL 075-724-3115 (Komai residence, only to be used during open hours)03-6380-8511 (Japan National Trust)
FAX 075-724-3115 (Komai residence, only to be called during open hours)03-3237-1190 (Japan National Trust)
URL http://www.national-trust.or.jp/
Hours Fri, Sat: 10:00-16:00 (entry by15:00)
Closed Sun-Thu every week, From 3rd wk of Jul to end of Aug, 3rd wk of Dec to end of Feb
Adm Adults ¥500, Junior high and high school students ¥200, Free for Japan National Trust Members
Access A 7-min walk from Eiden Chayama Stn/A 2-min walk from Iori-cho Stop of City Bus/A 4-min walk from Kamihate-cho-Kyoto-Zokei-Geidai-mae Stop of City Bus

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