We analyse the public debate between the heads of Japan’s major political parties and look ahead to COP26 in Glasgow. Plus: the future of high-speed rail in Finland.
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).
Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese restaurants and shops. It’s also known for Sankei-en Garden, a botanical park containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras, and the seaside Minato Mirai district, site of the 296m Landmark Tower.
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Toyosu Market in Tokyo is home to the world-famous tuna bidding wars each morning. But overfishing is starting to take its toll on marine life.
Amami Oshima in located between Kyushu and Okinawa. The island is covered with subtropical rain forests and has high biodiversity value. In July 2021, Amami Oshima along with Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island were registered as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
Tatsuno is the birthplace of Rofu Miki, the author of the most beloved nursery rhyme “Akatombo” in Japan. Going back to the age of Azuchi-Momoyama period, soy sauce production has been carried out in this area since the latter half of the 1500s, and in 1666, light soy sauce was developed.
Video timeline: 00:00 タイトル（Title） 00:22 たつの散策（Walking Around Tatsuno） 10:13 龍野城（Tatsuno Castle） 10:31 たつの散策（Walking Around Tatsuno） 11:30 龍野神社（Tatsuno Shrine） 11:58 聚遠亭（Shuuentei Garden） 13:01 室津港の町並み（Walking Around Murotsu Port）
The contemporary architecture of Japan has long been among the most inventive in the world, recognized for sustainability and infinite creativity. No fewer than seven Japanese architects have won the Pritzker Prize.
Since Osaka World Expo ’70 brought contemporary forms center stage, Japan has been a key player in global architecture. With his intentionally limited vocabulary of geometric forms, Tadao Ando has since then put Japanese building on the world’s cultural map, establishing a bridge between East and West. In the wake of Ando’s mostly concrete buildings, figures like Kengo Kuma (Japan National Stadium intended for the Olympic Games, originally planned for 2020), Shigeru Ban (Mount Fuji World Heritage Center), and Kazuyo Sejima (Kanazawa Museum of 21st Century Art of Contemporary Art) pioneered a more sustainable approach. Younger generations have successfully developed new directions in Japanese architecture that are in harmony with nature and connected to traditional building. Rather than planning on the drawing board, the architects presented in this collection stand out for their endless search for forms, truly reacting on their environment.
Presenting the latest in Japanese building, this book reveals how this unique creativity is a fruit of Japan’s very particular situation that includes high population density, a modern, efficient economy, a long history, and the continual presence of disasters in the form of earthquakes. Accepting ambiguity, as seen in the evanescent reflections of Sejima’s Kanazawa Museum, or constant change and the threat of catastrophe is a key to understanding what makes Japanese architecture different from that of Europe or America.
This XL-sized book highlights 39 architects and 55 exceptional projects by Japanese masters—from Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Theater, Shigeru Ban’s concert hall La Seine Musical, SANAA’S Grace Farms, Fumihiko Maki’s 4 World Trade Center, to Takashi Suo’s much smaller sustainable dental clinic. Each project is introduced with photos, original floor plans and technical drawings, as well as insightful descriptions and brief biographies. An elaborate essay traces the country’s building scene from the Metabolists to today and shows how the interaction of past, present, and future has earned contemporary Japanese architecture worldwide recognition.
Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south.
Tokyo is a city of neighborhoods and Paul Tierney from Walk Japan is here to take you to some of the must-see landmarks like famous temples, shrines, restaurants, and small local areas that allow you to get the sights, sounds, and flavors of Tokyo.