Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture

Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Blog

On May 31st, Yoko Kawai is going to talk “Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture”, at TALKS+ of New York Japan Society. Please join this event!

Streets in Japan

Streets in Japan

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Blog, Landscape Architecture, Urbanism

I like walking lively shopping streets in Japan. Those streets look like toy boxes. Unexpected encounters wait for us. In October, I had a chance to walk on this kind of street in early morning. Then I noticed some points which many people do not pay attention to.

Longing for the Coming of Spring

Longing for the Coming of Spring

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Blog

What tells you the coming of spring? It really depends on person. I happened to see a robin near my house the other day. It definitely was a sign of spring coming. One of my favorites when I think of spring is Japanese apricot or Ume in Japanese (Prunus mume). Its flowers open up in […]

Mystery in Japanese gardens

Mystery in Japanese gardens

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Blog

We had a chance to visit the Japanese garden at Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown, New York. The garden was originally designed by two Japanese, Mr. Ueda and Mr. Takahashi, in the property of John D. Rockefeller. In the 1960’s David Engel redesigned the garden when the garden was relocated. Mystery is an important keyword when designers […]

Kamo River – Water to divide life and death

Kamo River – Water to divide life and death

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog, Landscape Architecture

In Japan,  people think that water sometimes becomes a border to divide two different worlds. Kamo River, which runs through Kyoto City, also used to be thought as the border to separate the world for the living from that for the dead. There was a crematory in the area called Toribeno. This area is located at […]