The most challenging portion of my trip to Japan was the time in Tōhoku’s recovering disaster areas, but I spent the majority of my visit in urban Japan. The first half of my trip was structured around Kobe, where I was exhibiting my Isolated Building Studies, and Tokyo served as the base for the second half of the excursion. Whether in Kobe, Tokyo or Sendai, I was excited to have the opportunity to experience Japan’s distinctive urban character alongside some of the most idealistic examples of mid-century architecture — and some of the boldest contemporary styles. The following photographs feature the most typical and atypical locations.
Representative buildings in the Yaesu and Akihabara districts of Tokyo
Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower and Kenzō Tange’s Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center, both in Tokyo
Aoyama Kitamachi Danchi, a social housing development on the edge of Tokyo’s Omotesando commercial district
[Special thanks go to Luis Mendo, who walked me through this district.]
SANAA’s Christian Dior Omotesando and Herzog & de Meuron’s Prada Aoyama, both in Tokyo
Ciel Rouge Création’s Harajuku Protestant Church in Tokyo and Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque in Sendai
A restaurant just beyond Tokyo Station
Looking over Kobe from the Hyogo Prefectural Kobe High School
Ubiquitous vending machines in Tokyo, Kobe and Tokyo, respectively
A typical commercial street near downtown Kobe
A typical mixed-use street near Tokyo’s famous Omotesando shopping district
2 thoughts on “Visiting Japanese Cities”
Japan looks great. I already knew that but your pictures make me salivate even more.
Thank you, Steven. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope to return someday soon. It was exciting to see the distinctive architecture, and I was particularly enamored of the small streets on the edge of major shopping areas.
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