Shaw Memorial Chapel

Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Chapel

Shaw Memorial Chapel

Shaw Memorial Chapel is located in Kyu-Karuizawa. A simple wooden Chapel enclosed by trees on all sides. The tall trees surrounding the Chapel gives the area a cool breeze when the wind blows through. There is a facial sculpture of Alexander Croft Shaw right outside the Chapel, who is a missionary that came to Japan. There is also a board written in Kanji telling the history of the Chapel.

Despite having a street in front of it, there aren’t many cars passing by, keeping it sacred and calm at all times. At the other side of the road there is a river, giving a relaxing sound of the water flowing down the hill.

Shaw Memorial Chapel

Inside the Shaw Memorial Chapel, visitors are greeted by a small area for people to remove their shoes. Heading straight in is the nave of the Chapel. The inside of the building is completely covered by wood. A red carpet is rolled all the way to the sanctuary and multiple benches are lined up for those who pray. The inside of this Chapel is fairly simple and does not have distracting objects. Lights hang from the ceiling and a piano is placed at the side of the Chapel near the sanctuary. With its simplistic design and great natural surroundings, it is feels calming to be in this Chapel.

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