Japan​ 

the land of the rising sun

a hot summer of July 2019

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La Nakagin Capsule Tower 

Kisho Kurokawa architect & associates

1972

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center

Kengo Kuma & Associates

2012

National Art Center of Tokyo

Kisho Kurokawa architect & associates

2006

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Asakusa (浅草)

 

is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.

The main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple.

In spite of the high number of tourists this neighbourhood of Tokyo has a very beautiful traditional vibe to it. Walking around the covered market, through the small streets, around the low urban fabric or around the Sensoji temple you really feel immersed in an traditional Japanese surrounding and can easily let your mind imagine those streets filled with geishas like it had been in the past.

Ometasando street

The Harajuku-Omotesando area is the birthplace of culture and fashion, and a showcase of trendy and state-of-the-art architecture.

We took a metro ride to Harajuku station and started our tour there. Immediately after leaving the metro station you are immersed in a center of a Japan pop culture and manga style on a street named Takeshita-dori. Lightings of all colors and sizes, Japanese lovers of manga’s, teenagers, tourists, all dressed up giggling and talking in a busy road. You feel like you are a part of a video game. Few blocks later you find yourself at the Ometasando avenue.  Omotesando Avenue is often compared to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. I would agree that it is a somewhat fair comparison but it isn't nearly on the grand scale of the Champs-Élysées in its urban scale. But the buildings that you can see are beyond amazing. The avenue is so alive with all the static movements of those different architecture styles. Nevertheless, at the end of the street, stands like a crown, the Nezu museum, by the design of Kengo Kuma. It is absolutely amazing the emotion and the change of feeling you get while entering. It is like entering a small temple on the busiest road. The entry promenade enclosed by small bamboos forest invites you to the oasis of piece, a beautiful garden and a very nice small art collection.   

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Miu Miu Aoyama Store 

Herzog & de Meuron

2015

Tod's store 

Toyo Ito & associates 

2004

random beautiful concrete work

Prada Aoyama
Herzog & de Meuron

2003

Balenciaga Store

Naoshima Island

Naoshima Pavilionn

Sou Fujimoto 

Naoshima Island

View from the Benesse House Museum

Naoshima Island

Red Pumpkin 

Yayoi Kusama

Naoshima Island

Cloud-Shaped Pavilion

SANAA

Naoshima Island

Benesse House Museum

Tadao Ando

1992

Hakone National Park

( Mont Fuji )

Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖, Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone National Park.

Water Temple Awaji Island,

Honpukuji

Tadao Ando

2006

"The essence of Architecture is to open the hearts of people and to move them in such a way that they are glad to be on earth "