855. Building Shirokiya Department Store

Dear Kazuyo,

Pioneer architect Kikuji Ishimoto studied in the 
1920s at the first Bauhaus School based in Weimar. 
Back in Japan he became soon one of the leading modernist architects in the country. This beautiful 
vintage postcard shows his eight-story Shirokiya Department Store Building built in the modern 
style as early as 1928. Regrettably the building 
burned down just a few years after completion in December 16, 1932. The original message of this postcard, mailed in February of 1933, mentions the 
tragic event in which 14 people died and several
got injured.


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