This isn't Japan. This is Brussels!!
If you live in Europe and you're interested in the Asian culture but cannot find the time and money to travel across the world, Brussels is your second best option! Indeed, Brussels is home to a "mini Asia", with a number of constructions which make up an essence of art from two eastern countries, Japan and China. The Japanese tower, the Chinese Pavilion and the Far East Museums, with their enormous and gorgeous gardens, are located on the outskirts of Brussels, in the Laeken District. They were built at the beginning of the 20th century, on the orders of King Leopold II. Work on the Japanese Tower was entrusted to the Parisian architect, Alexandre Marcel, known for his oriental-style buildings. It was he who purchased the entry pavilion to the Japanese Pagoda, built by a Japanese carpenter, at the Paris Universal Exhibition, and had it decorated by specialists from Yokohama.
Interested? The best way to travel to Asia is by... tram.Get off at the stop "Araucaria" or "De Wand" on lines 3 or 7.
Do you have any exotic landmarks like this where you live? Have a nice Friday