Rural is the new black: Toyo Ito Omishima Project

After decades of progressive endeavors exploring new opportunities of urban living by translating the “modern” in a unique way, Toyo Ito is going rural. And there is a profound reason behind this. You will discover how he’s come to see the end of the modern system, and how he is finding a new future on the small island called Omishima in Western Japan, that still retains people’s potential embraced by a unique local environment. Going rural is the new black beyond modernism.

Toyo Ito Omishima Project: Omishima Ikoi-no-Ie

大三島 憩の家 (Omishima Ikoi-no-Ie) is one of the few visitor accommodations in beautiful Omishima Island in Seto Naikai, Western Japan. Architect Toyo Ito is heavily involved in the revitalization activities in Omishima, and Ikoi-no-Ie is one of the flagship projects that renovated old elementary school.

Yuhisai Koudoukan, Kyoto: What it means to practice sado in the 21st century

“It’s sado’s potential for shared learning we are focused on here at Yuhisai Koudoukan – in the spirit of Minagawa Gien.” Sado is a junction where setting (chashitsu), people and the environment (including tools, artworks or food involved) encounter and create a once-in-a-lifetime aesthetic/intellectual collision.