Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Chandra Kurt and Florian Egli cover the biggest stories this weekend, with a look at what’s making headlines in London, Tokyo and Reykjavik.
Date taken: April 11, 2021
The city’s wisteria blossoms will bloom earlier than usual this year.
MAP:TOKYO 東京 0:00 Opening 0:31 Bisyamonten Zenkokuji Temple https://bit.ly/3d8HeDp 2:05 Hie Jinja https://bit.ly/32cajY9 4:43 Funabashiya Kameidotenjinmae. https://bit.ly/3s71byQ 6:11 Kameido Tenjin Shrine https://bit.ly/323uBmX 12:56 Tokyo Big Sight https://bit.ly/3s4Lfgh
“Sunday Morning” takes us this spring Sunday to a setting known in English as “Cherry Blossom Mountain Park” outside Tokyo, home to some 10,000 cherry trees. Videographer: Jiro Akiba.
The aptly named Sakurayama Park, which translates to Cherry Blossom Mountain Park, has around 10,000 cherry trees. The park has around 7,000 Fuyuzakura cherry trees, which bloom in the winter and the spring, as well as around 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees which bloom in the spring. During the blooming periods, the park is lit up at night, giving it a surreal, fluffy appearance. Tea ceremony events are held in the daytime during peak viewing seasons.
Yoshino Cherry Trees in Tokyo parks on March 26 and 27, 2021.
0:00 Inokashira Park https://bit.ly/3u3Jpxw 3:13 Sumida Park(ASAKUSA) https://bit.ly/2O3wPPM 5:19 Sensoji Temple(ASAKUSA) https://bit.ly/2NZLxat 7:15 Nihonbashi https://bit.ly/2PB8Wze 8:30 Joenji Temple(Shinjuku) https://bit.ly/3w8r5VQ 9:27 Ueno park https://bit.ly/3w4Snwy 11:52 Kitanomaru Park https://bit.ly/31pgoAb 13:07 Chidorigafuchi https://bit.ly/3w4d0c8 16:08 Naka-Meguro Station https://bit.ly/3lWURIy 16:18 Meguro river https://bit.ly/3w54REe 21:05 ARK Hills https://bit.ly/3d5xqss 21:48 Sotobori Park https://bit.ly/3u3RORA 22:43 Hibiya Park https://bit.ly/3u1vw3a 24:29 Zojoji Temple https://bit.ly/3w8pPC8 24:59 Tokyo Tower form Zojoji Temple 25:14 Akasakamitsuke https://bit.ly/2PuYMAh 27:22 Shibuya https://bit.ly/3dgQQe4 29:04 Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi) https://bit.ly/3d8waF8
The weekend’s top news with Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Benno Zogg and Thomas Kramer. We also hear from Fiona Wilson in Tokyo and take a look at what’s on the pages of ‘Zeit’ magazine this week with editorial director Christoph Amend.
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Works explores some of Wright’s most important demolished and unrealized structures. The project brings these lost buildings to life through immersive digital animations reconstructed from Wright’s original plans and drawings, along with archival photographs.
Two years in the making and based on a Japanese publication of original plans and historical photos, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Works – The Imperial Hotel is a comprehensive digitally-animated recreation of the exterior (Part I) and interior (Part II) of this masterpiece.
Learn more about the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust: https://flwright.org
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).
With any luck you’ll spot a sumo wrestler out and about in Ryogoku, the riverside neighbourhood that is home to Kokugikan, Tokyo’s distinctive sumo stadium. Across the water is Kuramae, another old neighbourhood that has long been famous for its craft workshops and still hums with industry.
The historic center of Japanese wrestling, riverside Ryogoku is home to Ryogoku Kokugikan arena, which hosts sumo and boxing, as well as classical concerts. Nearby Ryogoku Edo Noren is a dining street resembling an Edo-period village, where restaurants serve chanko nabe, the traditional protein-rich stew favored by wrestlers. In the striking, modern Edo-Tokyo Museum, scale and life-sized models recreate feudal life.
Harajuku is a neighbourhood of contrasts, home to the Meiji Shrine, which is surrounded by one of Tokyo’s largest green spaces, and a dense network of small streets packed with shops and cafés. Aoyama attracts a more grown-up crowd. Here, chic boutiques sit alongside one of the city’s most exquisite museums.
Buzzing Harajuku is renowned for colorful street art and youth fashion, with quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops along Takeshita Street, and traditional, upmarket boutiques on leafy Omotesando Avenue. Small, trendy bars fill the surrounding lanes, while dessert shops and carts specialize in sweet crêpes, donuts, and bubble tea. Watari Museum of Contemporary Art hosts cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.
Aoyama is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Tokyo, located in the northwest portion of Minato Ward. The area is well known for its international fashion houses, cafes and restaurants.
Date taken: February 27, 2021.
The Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura, has long been adored by people across the globe. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming en masse.
Video timeline: 0:00 TOKYO SKYTREE https://bit.ly/3sAQ2Xs 1:32 Sakura-Jingu shrine https://bit.ly/2ZVmec1 2:34 Nihonbashi https://bit.ly/3bOz4OC 5:58 Ueno park https://bit.ly/3kuthBM 7:41 Kanda jinbocho https://bit.ly/3aXUABo