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 – Art of Bamboo

What Inspires Us – Art of Bamboo

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Blog

We’d like to start introducing you what inspires us as designers. “The Gate” by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, currently shown at Metropolitan Museum in New York, as a part of “Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection” exhibition 「門」四代目田邊竹雲斎作 Inspiration for: Possibility of Material, Movement, Transparency   Here is the

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 […]

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 […]