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Former Dormitories of the Japanese 2nd Infantry Regiment Officials

Today, only ten of these dormitory buildings remain. Although Residence No. 38 was built in 1950 by Taiwan Provincial College of Engineering, which is now National Cheng Kung University, the other nine buildings were built during the reign of the Showa Emperor (1931~1945). The combination of traditional Japanese architectural concepts and advanced construction technologies and materials resulted in residences that not only reflect the character of the times, but also the traditional art of living. In fact, these residences represent the peak of Japanese architecture in the Showa period.

To create this special atmosphere, natural materials, such as wood and bamboo, as well as modular designs were utilized in the interior parts of these residences. In contrast, the outward elements of these houses, such as tiles, walls, doors, and windows, provide the best examples of the continuous development of this particular kind of construction work. Through observation and interpretation of every tiny part, we may not only learn the value of these buildings, but also understand their importance in terms of local history, society, culture, and architecture. Moreover, if we combine this with the great changes in the whole society over the past 80 years, we may truly appreciate the value and significance of these remaining residences.

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