Tokyo-Kanto

Visitors to a mega-city like Tokyo are always fascinated how buildings fit into the most unlikely places, with a high rise structure next to a three-story family home next to a designer shop or a shrine. Just walk along the Omotesando shopping avenue with its narrow side streets, and you understand why space management is one of the biggest challenges for any contemporary architect in Japan.

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CURATED POP CULTURE CREATIVITY

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ALL THE COZINESS OF A PINEAPPLE

From the outside it looks like a giant nest made of randomly piled up wooden planks, and absent any signage or even a hint of...
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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...
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CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART

This leading contemporary gallery specializes in photography and has a branch in New York. Taka Ishii lists dozens of Japanese...
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JAPAN’S LEADING ARCHITECTURE GALLERY

Among the founding members of TOTO GALLERY·MA in 1985 were design luminaries such as Tadao Ando and Ikko Tanaka...
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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN MECCA

The establishment of this space was realized by the Japanese design world’s dream team: initiated by Issey Miyake, architecture...
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KUROKAWA’S STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM

The National Art Center, Tokyo, opened in 2007, boasting one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan. It doesn't have its own...
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ART IN THE SKY

Mori Art Museum, a contemporary art museum founded by real estate developer Minoru Mori in 2003, has come to be an...
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ART HISTORIES 101

The MOMAT, Japan’s first national art museum, boasts one of Japan’s largest art collections of more than 13,000 works, and...
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LUXURY RYOKAN IN THE CITY

Hoshino Resorts has a history of managing luxury hotels in numerous vacation spots around the country. This is its first...
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MEIJI RESTORATION

Located in the center of a bustling business district, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo offers an escape from the rush of...
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HOUSE OF TOMORROW

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan was built in 1921 as the main building of a private all-girls’ school established by publishers Motoko...
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FOR ALL MINGEI ENTHUSIASTS

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood is a museum with a traditional wood and stone structure, dedicated to the folk art...
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OTAKU HAVEN

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INTOXICATING VIEW OF THE CITY

There are many locations around Tokyo where one can gaze at the city in its twilight and night-time glory, and The Peak Bar is...
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WESTERN ART IN JAPAN

Situated at the main entrance of Ueno Park, the National Museum of Western Art is a symbol of French-Japanese cultural relations...
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TREASURES FROM THE 7TH CENTURY

The dramatic approach to The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures foreshadows the equally dramatic use of space and lighting...
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PUTTING FUN IN SCIENCE

NMNS is the nation’s only state-administered comprehensive science museum, as well as the largest, with over 4.4 million specimens...
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ART IN THE PORT CITY

The Kenzo Tange-designed Yokohama Museum of Art opened in 1989 in one of the pavilions built for the Yokohama Expo that...
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GLOBAL ART DISCOURSE

Since its inauguration in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale has become a staple destination in the international art exhibition circuit...
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ART UNDER NATURAL LIGHT

Hakone has more to offer than just hot springs, and the unique Open-Air Museum takes typical art viewing out of the box...
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ULTRA-PRECISION

Sayama Forest Chapel by architect Hiroshi Nakamura is part of the Sayama Lakeside Cemetery. Ultra-precision construction...
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THE CITY’S SYMBOL

Art Tower Mito, a multi-art complex designed by Arata Isozaki consisting of a theatre, a concert hall, and a contemporary...