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JAPAN FOR ARCHITECTURE




Architecture is one of the most influential expressions of Japan’s culture and creativity. Whether it’s the elegant minimalism of the Ise Shrine, or the utopian optimism of the 20th-century Metabolist movement, the country’s buildings encompass its multifaceted personality

Modern Mountains



 Roppongi is home to one of Japan’s modern marvels of engineering – the Mori Tower. This cutting-edge skyscraper mitigates the risks posed by earthquakes with 192 fluid-filled shock absorbers. These semiactive dampers are filled with a thick oil and, as the tower begins to sway – as a result of tremor or high winds – the oil sloshes in the opposite direction to balance the structure. Another modern wonder in the capital is the Tokyo Skytree. Completed in 2012, and designed to evoke a traditional pavilion, this tower stretches 2,080 ft (634 m) above Tokyo. This latter-day pagoda is ostensibly a TV broadcasting tower, but also has restaurants and observation decks that offer tremendous views of the city’s incredible skyline.

Postwar Parks



Built for the 1964 Toyko Olympics, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Yoyogi Park  fused tradition with cuttingedge design, and symbolized the country’s rebirth after the devastation of World War II. The architect Kenzo Tange also designed the Peace Memorial Museum in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park . Along with the nearby A-Bomb Dome, it is an affecting memorial and symbol of peace. Join a communityled architectural walk of Hiroshima to understand how the city has reconciled with its tragic past 

Sacred Structures



 Shrines and temples are some of the most distinctive buildings in Japan. Common features to look out for include vermilion torii gates, troughs for ritual washing, and shimenawa, the straw rope with white zigzag paper strips that marks the boundary between the everyday and spirit worlds. The Tosho-gu shrine  in Nikko symbolizes the power of the Tokugawa shogunate. Take a two-week tour to hear an expert unpack Japanese religious architecture .

JAPAN FOR ARCHITECTURE JAPAN FOR ARCHITECTURE Reviewed by MELANIE INFINITY on January 10, 2020 Rating: 5

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