A great novel by the same author of ‘In Praise of Shadows’ that Ascinda kindly steered me to a few years ago. Both books are an architects’s dream of reimagining lost worlds of space and light in the buildings, traditions and customs of Japan. 


Downtown outside our ‘business’ style hotel opposite the railway station where we’ve parked the bikes. In the UK, design codes ask for 14sqm for a double bedroom. Our hotel room is 9sqm and includes an ‘ensuite’ bathroom with toilet, tub and shower!


Shin Takamatsu

Stumbled across this building on a corner in Kyoto and wondered whether it was by Shin Takamatsu or one of his student’s from Kyoto University where he’s professor. It’s certainly crazy enough but I couldn’t find anything linking it directly to him.