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New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

by Danielle Demetriou

There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views of ...

Gabriel Orozco: always ahead of the game

Jan 12, 2016

Gabriel Orozco: always ahead of the game

by Calum Sutherland

Gabriel Orozco has returned to Tokyo. Following his retrospective "Inner Circles" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in early 2015, "Visible Labor" at Rat Hole Gallery is a collection of new works that explore Orozco's classic themes of the city, transportation and games, ...

'Gabriel Orozco: Visible Labor'

/ Nov 17, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Visible Labor'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This show runs concurrent with Gabriel Orozco's solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, his first large-scale exhibition in Japan. During his recent stay here, Orozco created a new series of works titled "Visible Labor," featuring pieces inspired by Japanese architecture and ...

Aomori's moving castle and other architectural tales

Nov 7, 2015

Aomori's moving castle and other architectural tales

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Once every century, Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture experiences an unusual event — the Hirosaki Moving Castle Project — when the city relocates an entire castle using manpower only. This year is that 100th year, and from Sept. 20 to 27, more than 3,200 travelers gathered ...

'Architecture Since 3.11'

/ Nov 3, 2015

'Architecture Since 3.11'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Nov. 7-Jan. 31 The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami left its mark on all who live in or are connected to Japan, including many of the country's architects. The destruction it caused made many realize that there are times when, no matter how ...

Kitagawara shapes a new Kobuchizawa Station

Aug 29, 2015

Kitagawara shapes a new Kobuchizawa Station

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Since 2011, Tokyo University of the Arts and the city of Hokuto in Yamanashi Prefecture have been working together to redesign its Kobuchizawa Station building as part of an initiative to breathe new life into the rural area. Local citizens were involved through numerous workshops ...

Kaoru Mende's bright ideas on darkness

Aug 22, 2015

Kaoru Mende's bright ideas on darkness

by Yuki Hayashi

'Whenever I see the alcove of a tastefully built Japanese room, I marvel at our comprehension of the secrets of shadows, our sensitive use of shadow and light," wrote the prominent modern novelist Junichiro Tanizaki in his 1933 essay on Japanese aesthetics, "In Praise ...