Katura Rikyu (Imperial Villa), built during the 17th century in Kyoto by an aristocrat family, is often dubbed as the culmination of traditional Japanese architecture. Its simplicity is very “modern.” You will be amazed how the fine, subtle lines define architecture so cleanly and potently, and how it dissolves into nature seamlessly but elegantly.
The exhibition “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945” was held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2017. From Kenzo Tange, Kazuo Shinohara, Toyo Ito, Kazunari Skamoto, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima and Sou Fujimoto, it delivered a unique narrative on what “modern” meant for the Japanese and their way of living.
Yoshino Cedar House is a collaboration between Airbnb and Yoshino-cho, a rural Japanese town in Kansai and a producer of high quality cedar. As it struggles to compete in a global market in which prices and efficiency are everything, this project paves new opportunities for true sharing.
What’s the common secret behind traditional Zen arts/culture, wabi-sabi, MUJI, Japanese architecture, sushi and Totoro? It’s the unique approach toward nature.
Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s drama-free, anti-climax “My Neighbor Totoro” reminds us how humans used to interact with nature. Totoro was not imaginary 50 years ago. He was next the kids who used to venture out to explore honest, raw face of nature when adults weren’t watching. Nature was the teacher for children, and Totoro was their capricious and ambiguous guardian.
Kengo Kuma leads the world of architecture by focusing on offering new ways to connect our delicate body to nature. What is his view on attractive cities?
Kintsugi” is a traditional Japanese technique to repair broken ceramics, but it’s something that will change your definition of “repair.” Using glue and gold or silver powder, Kintsugi “heals” injured ceramics and give them new life, embracing the wound. It is fascinating.