Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol. 5 – Perishable Landscape

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol. 5 – Perishable Landscape

Do you know what colored maple leaves and cherry blossoms have in common? The answer is that both are perishable. Their colors, red of maple and pink of cherry, last only for a few days. Japanese people cherish them because of their short lives. Yes, I said “because of”, not “in spite of”. The logical […]

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.

What Inspires Us – Inside Outside

What Inspires Us – Inside Outside

Young dancers rehearsing on the stage. Inside/Outside Theater at Jacob’s Pillow, MA Inspiration for: Inside/Outside Relationship, Being in Nature, Art and Landscape, Quietness

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.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 […]