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Workplace Matters In Spite of Innovation

Workplace Matters In Spite of Innovation

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Architecture, Blog, Space for Well-being

At the panel discussion event ” The Future of Innovation in the Workplace”, PED’s Yoko Kawai, on behalf of Mirai Work Space, had a pleasure to moderate the conversation. It was at Williams Club in New York on January 22nd, and we had a large and lively audience! The panelists represented cowork or cowork-like places in […]

Modern Japanese Architecture – Exposed Geometric Pattern

Modern Japanese Architecture – Exposed Geometric Pattern

Did you know that modern Japanese architecture was contemporary with, or even was going ahead of, American and European counterparts? There was much both-way communication and architectural developments between West and East in early 21st century, about which I will write in this blog sometime soon. Yet here I would like to start introducing some examples […]

Cheerful Music and Mindful Landscape

Cheerful Music and Mindful Landscape

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Architecture, Blog, Space for Well-being, Urbanism

If you are in Kyoto in early July, you hear some lively music every evening at different parts of the town. Neighborhood musicians are practicing traditional instrumental music, Ohayashi, to be ready for their performance on the top of parading floats (Yamaboko) . I was there ten years ago strolling and listening to the tunes, feeling comfortable and calm. […]

Image of Quietness and of Japanese Space

Image of Quietness and of Japanese Space

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Architecture, Blog, Landscape Architecture

What kind of images will you have in your mind when you hear the word, quiet? I have recently been reading the book “Quiet” by Susan Cain, which prompted me this question. My quick search of this word on Google Images showed me, as I thought it might, many images of Japanese landscape and architecture. […]

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.4 – Exploring on the Roofs

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.4 – Exploring on the Roofs

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Architecture, Blog

Japanese townscapes are often referred to as “roofscapes”. When you look at a town from a hill top or a castle, you only see the tiled roofs, either as a mass or as waving lines. But that is not how cats see the roofs. Cats love jumping over gaps and climbing  series of small height differences. Japanese […]