Japanese architecture students opened an exhibition with sketches they drew by looking at examples of traditional Turkish architecture in Istanbul, Bursa, and Edirne. Seven Japanese students from Japan's Mukogawa Women's University visited Istanbul, Bursa, and Edirne under the leadership of Bahcesehir University (BAU) Faculty of Architecture and Design. Japanese students visited places and structures of historical and cultural importance, made observations and investigations, and participated in various conservation and restoration workshops.
Mukogawa University Architecture Department Graduate Program students from Japan had the opportunity to visit and examine the buildings and places of historical importance in the field of architecture in Turkiye in the company of experts. Japanese students made sketches of the places they visited during the program.
The students, who started their first day in Turkiye by visiting the Blue Mosque, visited the most important historical sites of Istanbul, especially Eyup, Eminonu, Fatih, and Galata.
At the same time, Japanese students participated in conservation and restoration training at Yildiz and Dolmabahce Palaces and also examined the Old Greek Orphanage in Prince Island. In addition to the excursion activities, seminars, and social events were also organized for the students.
Thus, they had the chance to observe Turkish culture closely. Within the scope of the event, Japanese students visited Bursa and Edirne and observed the most important examples of Turkish architecture. They had the opportunity to see the designs of world-renowned Turkish architects on site.
Mukogawa University Professor Tomoko Ikuta Uno commended the successful restoration methods that preserve the original structures, noting the impressive interior spaces created by incorporating tiles into traditional Turkish architecture.
"Students from both countries have made friends with this program. For this reason, I think it is an important program. Japan's traditional architecture consists mostly of wooden architecture. In Turkiye, we see that many old buildings made of different materials are still standing. In terms of restoration, it is very successful that they realize the restoration process by preserving the original. At the same time, the idea of using tiles in the building creates a very impressive interior space in traditional Turkish architecture," Tomoko Ikuta Uno emphasized.