Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.3

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.3

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Architecture, Blog, Landscape Architecture

If you want to find cats in Japan, you would have the best luck by going to shrines and temples. Why? There are two reasons: One is that the shrine and temple grounds are “public” places where nobody stops you to come in, even if you are a cat. In fact, they used to be the only public […]

Mizuya- Where Water Purifies You and Your Tea Bowls

Mizuya- Where Water Purifies You and Your Tea Bowls

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

Some of you may know the Japanese term Mizuya (水屋), expressed with Chinese characters for “water” and “house”, as a type of Japanese kitchen chests. It is getting popular in New York and other metropolises. Yet did you realize that Mizuya  initially had a quite different meaning? Mizuya originally referred to, and still could refer to, a gazebo built over a water […]

Beauty of Not Showing All in Japanese Architecture

Beauty of Not Showing All in Japanese Architecture

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Architecture, Blog

Is this, seen on this picture of Machiya townhouse in Kyoto, an opening or a wall? Japanese architecture have neither, not in a clearly defined way in Western architecture. An element that looks like a wall is thin and can slide open. Other things that look like openings are just perforated walls. The architecture’s post-and-beam structure and Japan’s […]

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture Vol.2 – Crawling

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture Vol.2 – Crawling

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Architecture

At the beginning of “I AM A CAT” by Soseki Natsume, an abandoned cat crawled through a gap in a bumboo fence looking for some food. It found itself in a yard of someone’s home and said “How strangely the wheel of fortune turns! Had it not been this gap, I might have starved to […]

Essences of Japanese Architecture in Connecticut?

Essences of Japanese Architecture in Connecticut?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Architecture, Blog

In visiting the Grace Farms in New Canaan,Connecticut, if you are expecting a typical American farm, such as the ones you see in the “Little House on the Prairie” (; I love that old TV series), then you might be dissapointed. But if you admire a life in the nature, like the one used to be seen in American […]