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The Old Ministry of Justice Building (Red Brick Building) Photo Gallery

The Majestic Old Ministry of Justice Building (Red Brick Building)
The Majestic Old Ministry of Justice Building (Red Brick Building)
 

 The original red-brick building, designed by the two German architects W. Bockmann and H. Ende, was completed in December of 1895 (the 28th year of Meiji) after about seven years of construction to serve as the Ministry of Justice building. The roofs and floors of the building were destroyed by fire in March 1945 during World War II, but the red-brick walls remained intact. When the structure was renovated through the restoration work conducted from 1948 to 1950, some alterations were made in the materials and the shape of the roof. The present red-brick building has, however, been restored completely to its original appearance in 1895, and its exterior was designated as a national important cultural property on December 27, 1994.

 

Photograph from east side of the German Neo-Baroque style Red Brick Building
Photograph from east side of the German Neo-Baroque style Red Brick Building

 

Spire section showing steep slate rattan roof
Spire section showing steep slate rattan roof

 

Decorations (rods) on the four corners of the Red Brick Building roof
Decorations (rods) on the four corners of the Red Brick Building roof

 

Ceiling incorporating cross-vault style (Bat ceiling)
Ceiling incorporating cross-vault style (Bat ceiling)

 

Light fixture on stairs to the Ministry of Justice Museum
Light fixture on stairs to the Ministry of Justice Museum

Red Brick Building throughout the Four Seasons

Photographs of the Old Ministry of Justice Building (Red Brick Building) during the four seasons are occasionally updated.

Spring

 

Meiji era exterior of the Red Brick Building in harmony with cherry blossoms in full bloom
Meiji era exterior of the Red Brick Building in harmony with cherry blossoms in full bloom

 

Central Government Building No. 6 (left: Ministry of Justice, right: Public Prosecutors Office) and Red Brick Building
Central Government Building No. 6 (left: Ministry of Justice, right: Public Prosecutors Office) and Red Brick Building

 

Steeple and four corners
Steeple and four corners

 

Photograph from the west side of the Red Brick Building in sunlight
Photograph from the west side of the Red Brick Building in sunlight

 

Looking up from the German Neo-Baroque style Red Brick Building with Central Government Building No. 6 (Ministry of Justice) in the background
Looking up from the German Neo-Baroque style Red Brick Building with Central Government Building No. 6 (Ministry of Justice) in the background

From Spring to Summer

 

Red Brick Building with carp streamers in the late spring sky
Red Brick Building with carp streamers in the late spring sky

 

Near the west gate of the Red Brick Building	Wishing for the healthy future of children
Near the west gate of the Red Brick Building Wishing for the healthy future of children

 

Satsuki azaleas planted all around the Red Brick Building
Satsuki azaleas planted all around the Red Brick Building

 

Green lawn and satsuki azaleas	The Ministry of Justice Museum (open to the public) in center
Green lawn and satsuki azaleas The Ministry of Justice Museum (open to the public) in center

 

Red Brick Building in May colored in bright pink
Red Brick Building in May colored in bright pink

 

Photograph from outside the spiral staircase of the Red Brick Building
Photograph from outside the spiral staircase of the Red Brick Building

From Summer to Autumn

 

Red Brick Building and cirrus clouds in the autumn sky
Red Brick Building and cirrus clouds in the autumn sky

 

Photograph of the Message Gallery (open to the public) attached to the Ministry of Justice Museum
Photograph of the Message Gallery (open to the public) attached to the Ministry of Justice Museum

 

Blue autumn sky, yellow leaves and red bricks
Blue autumn sky, yellow leaves and red bricks

 

See the change of the seasons in the cherry trees with falling leaves
See the change of the seasons in the cherry trees with falling leaves

 

Needles shining in the autumn sun

Needles shining in the autumn sun

Red bricks and a fallen red leaf
Red bricks and a fallen red leaf

Winter

 

Snow quietly piling up at the Ministry of Justice building
Snow quietly piling up at the Ministry of Justice building

 

Color of red bricks brilliant in the surrounding white
Color of red bricks brilliant in the surrounding white

 

Looking up at the red bricks from the frozen sunken plaza
Looking up at the red bricks from the frozen sunken plaza

 

Red Brick Building and cherry trees waiting for spring to come
Red Brick Building and cherry trees waiting for spring to come
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