Beneath Tado Ando’s roof on the approach to the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre.
This is the museum of decorative floats which are paraded through Aomori on their August summer festival every year. The twisted red metal makes a perforated curtain to the building’s facade.
Good architecture as we head northward.
This is another fine building by Keikaku Selkei Koubou. Simple volumetric spaces, oblique entrance approaches, disregard for symmetry and clever framing of building openings to the outside landscape.
We spent the afternoon escaping wet weather, enjoying the collection and the architecture housing them.
By Keikaku Sellkei Koubon. The patina on the strained wooden cladding is beautiful.
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!
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.
Tucked away behind the Tenryuji Temple in west Kyoto. Someone, hidden behind us somewhere in the temple complex, was playing a wooden flute. Long deep distant notes, held waveringly.
Despite the numbers of people the power of the architecture and landscape mutes the crowds. Ryoan-Ji Temple, western Kyoto.