Monday, June 8, 2009

Museums + Claska

Ando's Museum
Claska gallery
Claska shopmy friend!!

On Saturday, we went to Roppongi and saw three different museums. First was the National Art Museum by Kurakawa. There we saw this amazing exhibition by NOMURA HITOSHI called PERCEPTIONS-CHANGES IN TIME AND FIELD. It was all about space and time, I had a existential experience ;) Next we went to Kengo Kuma's Suntory Art Museum. It wasn't anything memorable, unfortuantely. Last, we saw Tadao Ando's museum at the 21_21 design sight. The exhibit, "Bones", was really interesting. The following day, we wandered around Daikanyama and saw the Claska Hotel. It is this old hotle from around the 1950's that has been remodeled well. The gallery/shop was very nicely done. Downstairs was a dog grooming salon. There, I made a friend!!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Ferry Terminal

150 year anniversary pavilion
the park that Masao Koizumi designed
night shot....
Yesterday, we visited Yokohama. We were fortunate to have the pleasure of being shown around the city by architect Masao Koizumi. We first visited his firm and then he took us to see some projects along the harbor. A park that he designed had just opened two days prior, so it was a great experience being able to listen to him describe the project to us. We also saw two other architecture offices. I regretfully cannot remember the names of the firms, but one of the architects from one of them showed us a project he worked on. It was the pavilion for Yokohama's 150 anniversary. The pavilion was cool, but the events inside were bizarre. There was this girl singing to a very unanimated crowd, and that was about it. Except for...a giant spider!!! There was this huge animatronic spider that these mechanics climbed inside and operated. Very strange, and very Japanese! We also visited the Ferry Terminal, which was amazing. One on my favorite modern architecture projects that we've visited so far in Japan. We ended the day by eating in Chinatown. Very fun! Oh, and I am done with design as of today. Hallelujah!!!!!!