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Toru Iwasa, 49, spent most of his life in Tokyo. He studied industrial and interior design at Musashino University, started a graphic design company and created – among other magazines — “Jiyujin”, a widely circulated lifestyle publication.

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SPEED ARTING

The new Genbi Shikansen is the “fastest museum” yet conceived. Running close to 210 km/h down Japan Railway’s Joetsu...
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ART FOR ALL SEASONS

Architect Hiroshi Hara (Kyoto Station, Sapporo Dome) decided on pure geometric shapes, exposed concrete, and lavish use of...
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AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER HOTEL

Satoyama Jujo is a hot spring resort with a 150 year old wood building that creative director Toru Iwasa meticulously...
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BAUHAUS EXPERIMENT

Rihei Hyuga was a successful businessman who made his riches supplying match factories in Japan with phosphorus...
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ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

Half a millennium ago, Yakuro Yukitada Asaba founded Shuzenji temple. At the gate he positioned mo...
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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PEACEFUL GARDENS

Izu Photo Museum opened in 2009 to explore works of photography and film. Since then, it has organ...
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A TEAHOUSE TO MEDITATE

With its archaic simplicity, Takasugi-an (too-high-house) is one of Terunobu Fujimori’s best known...
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ART IN THE ALPS

The first Japan Alps Art Festival is slated to take place from June 4 to July 30, 2017, with the p...
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FABRICS FROM A FARMHOUSE

In the mountainous region of Nagano, textile designer and artist Tadashi Maruyama brought a 300-ye...
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STEEP YOURSELF IN ZEN

Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was a Buddhist philosopher who was crucial to the spread of Zen teac...
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TIPPING POINT

Located at the very tip of the Noto Peninsula on the northern coast of Japan, the small city of Su...
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ART OF ICE

Dr. Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962) is renowned for his research on snow, and for being the first to c...
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A MERCHANT’S HOME

The Yoshijima Heritage House, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property, was built in 19...
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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect team SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), th...
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BACK TO EARTH

The area around Tajimi City has the country’s largest production output of mosaic tiles, so it com...
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ART YOU CAN WALK ON

Outdoor sculpture museums usually don’t allow walking and climbing on art works, but Site of Rever...