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October 23 2012

Japanese architecture - Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and a Travel Tip - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka

Osaka is a city with many architecturally interesting buildings and amongst them the Aquarium Kaiyukan certainly stands out. Inaugurated in 1990, Aquarium Kaiyukan was designed by Peter Chermayeff LLC, an American company specialized in aquarium architecture. The best angle to admire its shape is from… above and the nearby Tempozan Ferris Wheel offers the best opportunity for this (as you can see from this photo).

Travel tip: If you like to visit it (and I warmly recommend it), you can buy the Osaka KAIYU Ticket (2400 yen) a pass valid for one day, which offers entrance to the museum (which by itself costs 2000 yen) and unlimited rides on subway lines, new tram lines and city buses in Osaka city. Plus 50% discount to 30 other attractions, like the Tempozan Ferris Wheel mentioned above (which costs 700 yen) or the Osaka Bay Cruise Santa Maria (which is 1500 yen).

October 18 2012

Zen Architecture - Katomado - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Kaizando Hall, Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

At some Japanese Zen Buddhist temples, you will see an architectural element of great beauty: the Katōmado window. According to the original kanji writing, 火灯窓 katōmado means “fire light window". However, because it was considered bad to have a name that implies the presence of fire for a wooden building element, the kanji writing was changed to 花頭窓 or 華頭窓, both meaning “flower head window". Indeed, we can say now that the katōmado looks like a tulip flower…

Usually, like in this photo of the Kaizando Hall from the Kodaiji Temple from Kyoto, the window is made of dark colored wood and it is mounted on a white wall, creating, as you can see, a beautiful effect…

September 25 2012

Chashitsu architecture - Cottage of Lingering Fragrance - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance), Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto

Traveling through Japan, in gardens, temples or in public parks you can see small wooden buildings with a special architecture: these are chashitsu 「茶室」 “tea rooms", places especially designed for the tea ceremony.

One of the most beautiful chashitsu can be visited at the Kodai-ji temple from Kyoto. Called Iho-an, which can be translated as the Cottage of Lingering Fragrance, this architectural jewel features a beautiful and unusual round window and it is considered representative for the temple’s tea ceremony architecture.

September 24 2012

Glamorous Japanese architecture - Uniqlo Ginza by night - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Ginza, Tokyo

There are many glamorous stores in Ginza, Tokyo, but today I would like to show you the latest one, opened in March this year, owned by Uniqlo, the leading Japanese clothing chain.

The store was designed by Masamichi Katayama, the founder of a renowned design company from Tokyo, Wonderwall. With 12 floors covered with glass, the building was designed to look like having only 6 floors, with each glass panel covering 2 levels. By night the store is heavily illuminated, looking spectacular with rows of vividly dressed revolving mannequins…

September 22 2012

Unusual Architecture in Japan - the Dutch gate - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa

The Oyama Shrine from Kanazawa is well known because of its main gate’s unusual architecture. Actually, the gate was originally built for the palace from the Kanazawa castle and was later moved to the shrine.

The gate’s original shape was designed by a Dutch architect, who wanted to mix several European and Asian architectural elements. Thus, the lower part is inspired by a Japanese Zen Buddhist temple gate, Sanmon, while the second level is influenced by a Chinese Ming dynasty style gate. Finally, the top level is actually a lighthouse, with stained glass windows in a typical Dutch style…

August 19 2012

Japanese spiritual architecture - Myojin torii - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Torii, Hakone Shrine, Hakone

A month ago, after I showed you the unusual shime torii from Hiroshima, I received quite a few questions regarding the other styles…
Judging by the construction style, we can identify 2 large categories of torii and the most frequently used is the one in this photo, the myōjin style.

Besides the two pillars (called hashira), the myōjin style features a large horizontal beam made from two parts, called kasagi - the black part and shimaki - the vermilion part, reinforced by a smaller beam (the nuki). An important detail is that the myōjin torii has the kasagi and shimaki slightly curved upwards…

August 09 2012

Unusual Japanese architecture - Isshin-ji Gate - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Niomon Gate, Isshin-ji Temple, Osaka

If you are in Osaka and want to see something unusual, in the Tennoji ward, best known for its Shinsekai entertainment district, take a little time to visit the Isshin-ji Temple.

Established 800 years ago, Isshin-ji was destroyed during the WWII and was progressively rebuilt over the following decades. One of the most recent constructions is the Main gate, raised in 1997 after the design of the head priest, who is also an architect. Made of steel, concrete and glass, with bronze statues, the new gate is a truly spectacular structure, unique amongst the Japanese temple gates (technically, this is a Niomon gate) and, as you can see from the photo, a great point of attraction for passersby.

July 22 2012

Japanese spiritual architecture - Sorin - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Sorin, Todai-ji Temple, Nara

If you admire the Japanese pagodas, you probably noticed the complex structures decorating the top. Called sōrin (which ca be translated as “alternate rings"), they are usually made of bronze, with a very complicated design and an impressive size.

Because it’s on top of the pagoda, the sōrin is usually hard so see. But at the Todai-ji Temple from Nara, you can admire from up-close a dismantled sōrin, the one that decorated the replica of the Todai-ji seven-storied pagoda that was built for the Expo ‘70 World Fair from Osaka. After the fair, the sōrin was displayed at the Todai-ji Temple, close to the Daibutsuden Hall.

July 18 2012

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March 24 2012

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