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 Beautiful “Noise”? – Happy Fourth of July!

Image of Beautiful “Noise”? – Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Blog

Have you ever seen fireworks from where you cannot hear the noise they make? I did once. It was surreal. I wanted to shout “where is the sound?”. Japanese landscape often has wonderful quiet quality as I said in  “Image of Quietness and of Japanese Space“, our last blog. But it also includes images that must be accompanied by […]

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 […]

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 […]