"A shot of Bibaushi Elementary School from the top of a hill in Biei."

At first glance it's easy to mistake the trademark tower on the roof of Bibaushi elementary school for the steeple of a church. Viewed from this distance the school's tower matches perfectly with the beautiful Biei landscape. Fittingly, this building was chosen as one of the top 100 buildings for urban development.
(A book of these choices in available in Japanese on Amazon.com. For those who are interested and can read Japanese search for "北海道まちづくり100選")
(Photographer:Hirohisa Abe)