japanese inspiration

The images below are select photographs of a trip I took to Japan in July this year. Tokyo was very clean, the food amazing and the people ultra friendly and polite and I will go back again……….but these are all cliches you’ve heard before, possibly from every person you know who has visited that part of the world. Do you know anyone who hasn’t liked Japan?

Hopefully though, you haven’t seen some of the amazing buildings I photographed on my travels and you get to view them in real life some day. Being the architectural nerd that I am, I researched before my trip as well as trawled the streets looking for inspirational architecture. I spent most of my time in Tokyo, but also took a day trip to an ominous Shogun temple in Nikko, followed by an Onsen in the middle of a green and wooded hillside. You would be happy to know there are no photographs of that wonderful experience.

Kenzo Tange – Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Kisho Kurokawa – Nakagin Capsule Hotel

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Le Corbusier – National Museum of Modern Art

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Makato Watanabe – K Museum

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Makato Watanabe – Aoyama Technical College

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Tadao Ando – Omotesando Hills

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Toyo Ito – Todd’s Building

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SANAA – Dior

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Herzog and de Meuron – Prada

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Jean Nouvel – Mui Mui

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Unknown Architect

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Nikko Temple – Shogun Shrine

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Unknown Architect after an Onsen –  at peace and one with nature.

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Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects | ArchDaily

Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects | ArchDaily.

I could live here for a while. What about you?

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