architecture

These 3 Attractions Prove Tokyo University Offers More Than Just Study

Among all the places to explore in Japan, who would have thought that the academic sites are one of the best places to visit? One of many universities that offer beautiful buildings is the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus (東京大学本郷キャンパス). The grounds are a great place to walk around with the abundance of historical and…

Take a Closer Look at Japanese Architecture at the ARCHI-DEPOT Museum in Shinagawa!

An architectural model is an important part of an architect’s planning stage because it is the physical representation of a structure. Instead of just looking at a blueprint or a sketch, an architectural model provides a 3D perspective to an architectural design. This way, the architect can communicate his or her design ideas to the…

Travel Back in Time and Savor the Japanese Taisho Period in These 3 Historical Spots!

When modernity ruled Japan, it was called the Taisho Period. It was a combination between the militarist and the modern side. The era greatly transfigured the Japanese character from art, fashion, culture and music. It was a time for evolving and shaping the society into something new. Reliving this period’s atmosphere can be felt and…

The 10 Best Things to Do in Naoshima If You’re Not an Art Fan

Naoshima is a tiny island in the Seto Island Sea that is a ferry ride away from Kagawa Prefecture. Nonetheless, plenty of locals and foreigners alike flock to it every year, eager to soak in the artistic ambiance evoked by the many art museums dotted all over the island. What’s more, visitor arrivals are expected…

Grab Your Chance to Discover Japan’s Original Shoebox Apartments!

In the middle of the 20th century, many architects in Japan started experimenting with unique styles of architecture. They tried to create new habitats for the brave new world. In the process, they had to tear the bonds of architectural traditions, which seen as a movement emblematic of Japan’s post-war cultural resurgence. One of the…

Shikinaen Royal Garden: The Beauty of the Ryukyu Royal Family’s Second Residence

The second residence of the Ryukyu Kings during the 18th century was a 42,000-square meter property known as Shikinaen Royal Garden. Its size was considered to be the largest of all secondary homes built during that time. It also became the place where high-ranking foreign officials were accommodated and entertained.   travel.qunar.com/ The Design of…

Olympic Village Plan after 2020 in Japan

A few years later, everyone around the world will be watching the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. This is more popularly known as Tokyo 2020. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 闖貨-代購 (@trunk_hop) on Jul 13, 2019 at 5:00am PDT This event has been planned to be held from July 24-August 9,…

Saving Space the Japanese Way!

Why do Japanese have their washing machines on their balconies? Why are Japanese toilets so small and narrow? Why do Japanese kitchen’s have only two cooking panels? Why is parking in Japan so expensive? And rent, too? jp.fotolia.com/ It is all about space. Japan is a big country, but only 30% can be used for…

Unique idea: Try living in a mountain in Takamatsu

Japan is an incredibly mountainous country, in fact 72% of all the land in Japan is mountain! Although this has made the Japanese archepegio truly beautiful to behold it does bring up some difficulties for human habitation. Japanese settlements traditionally grew around natural resources, such as rivers and the sea. This was fine until the…

Kiyomizu-dera: Iconic temple in Kyoto

A shot of Kiyomizu-dera is a truly iconic image of old Japan and the history of this temple lives up to that idea. Kiyomizu-dera was first founded in 778 and the present buildings that you will recognise were built in 1633 by Tokugawa Iemitsu. One surprising fact about the temple and the veranda is that…