The 1986 and 2000 Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) were organized and conducted by Dr. Donald J. Bruggink and Etta Hesselink. The emphasis in these photos is on the religious architecture of Japan and only minimally on notable secular architecture.

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  • Preparing for our flight home 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
  • Jack & Judy Faber 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
  • Part of our feast 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Delicious.
  • Left side of the room 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Larry Abell, Jack and Judy Faber, John and Helene Vilett, Jack and Dorothy Taylor.
  • Right side of the room 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Amy Meyer, Karolina Harris, Nancy and Jim Ream, Barbara Debrodt, Joy Parrish, Pat and Jim Paull.
  • Farewell banquet 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Left to right: Jack and Judy Faber, John Vilett, Jack and Dorothy Taylor, Philip and Sandra Mezey, Etta Hesselink,Peter and Caryl Mezey, Amy Meyer, Karolina Harris, Nancy and Dick Ream, Barbara Debrodt, Joy Parrish,
  • View 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Ando offers yet another view of nature's beauty.
  • Sculptural pond 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    The pond forms a liquid sculpture within the oval.
  • Fenestration of "The Oval" 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    All rooms have views of the sea.
  • View from the entrance 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Water from the entrance spills over and is allowed to flow down to the sea.
  • Waterfall entrance at "The Oval" 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    "The Oval" contains four double guest rooms, two suites and an in-house café.
  • The museum from above 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Leaving the museum for "The Oval," also by Tadao Ando, one is able to view the museum from above.
  • Museum restaraunt Issen 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    Highly reccomended. Great view, great food.
  • Galleries… 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    with seating
  • Installation by Louise Nevelson 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
  • Blue and yellow boats 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    A two dimensional painting which extends itself into the third dimension.
  • Naoshima's contemporary art 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
  • Adjacent, two story circular gallery 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    An ascending ramp leads to the upper levels of the museum.
  • Museum entrance, interior 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    An art installation within the two story underground entrance room.
  • Museum entrance 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 2000)
    The museum itself is largely underground in order to minimize disturbance to the natural beauty of the park. It has an underground volume of appoximately 165x25 feet.

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