Katayama Tōkuma

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Katayama Tōkuma (片山 東熊, 18 January 1854 – 24 October 1917) was a Japanese architect who designed the original buildings for the Imperial Nara Museum as well as the Kyoto Imperial Museum and was significant in introducing Western, particularly French architecture into Japan.

Coming from Chōshū Tokuma was a protégé of Yamagata Aritomo.[1] In 1879 he graduated from the Imperial College of Engineering. During his late twenties and early thirties he assisted Josiah Conder in designing and building a Western-style residence for Prince Arisugawa Taruhito and then on the new Imperial Palace in Tokyo.[1] During the 1880 he was sent to Europe and America to study interior decoration, including furniture.[1] In 1887 he was appointed as an officer in the construction office of the Imperial Household.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Checkland, Olive (2003) Japan and Britain after 1859: Creating cultural bridges RoutledgeCurzon, London, page 81, ISBN 0-7007-1747-1