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Wanna go see I.M. Pei's Miho Museum?
by Katy Purviance on 03/22/08 @ 08:54:07 am
Categories: Field Trips, Architects, Videos | 206 words | 1383 views

While we’re putting together the details for our latest Field Trip to Japan, I thought you might like to see just a few of the things you’ll see there.

You’ll take a look at massive Osaka Castle, once the mightiest castle in Japan, with a museum dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the leader who built the castle.

Discover its exquisite pagodas and architecture, including the Todaiji Shrine, home to the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha, and the Kasuga Shinto Shrine with its thousands of paper lanterns.

Upon your arrival in Kyoto, uncover the city’s past on a guided tour, including the intricate 17th-century Nijo Castle, the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion and the strikingly red Heian Shrine, constructed in 1895.

Discover Japan’s lush countryside as you wind your way through misty mountains to the Miho Museum. Designed by I.M. Pei, the Miho seems to melt into the mountainside.

I just found some video footage of Pei’s Miho Museum for you:

We one available departure date every month this year from June through November. Do any of these dates work for you?

June 12

July 10

August 21

September 18

October 9

November 11

Stay tuned! I’ll tell you more about it as the information becomes available.

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