Though less than an hour's drive from where we live, we recently visited Meiji Mura for the first time. It's an open-air architectural theme park in Inuyama that opened in 1965 and features preserved historic buildings from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras (1867-1989). Prior to the Meiji era, Japan was largely closed off from the rest of the world and most buildings were made in the traditional Japanese style, but with the advent of the Meiji, architects from the around the world (including Frank Lloyd Wright) were brought in to design buildings that signified Japan's new found openness. As such, many of the buildings in Meiji Mura have a European look. I particularly liked the churches with their vaulted ceilings. I haven't done a lot of architectural photography, and I didn't have a tripod. I also didn't want to keep my family waiting while I tried to set up shots, so I only photographed a small percentage of the buildings there. I want to go back by myself with a tripod sometime, so I can do more justice to the amazing architecture there.