Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tokyo the Beautiful?!

Fashion Center, Shinjuku

I love Tokyo, but it's so ugly, right? Well, not completely. In fact, despite having miles and miles of undistinguished (or worse) post-war structures, Tokyo has some of the most beautiful and interesting modern architecture in the world

My wife and I recently completed a three-week trip to Japan. Our principal purpose for the trip was a tour that my wife organized for four couples who are avid collectors of contemporary Japanese ceramics. We traveled around the middle part of Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Gifu, Kanazawa and the Island of Naoshima) meeting an amazing array of artists and encountering their work in the artists' ateliers and studios. I think it is safe to say that all the participants, as well as my wife and I, enormously enjoyed the experience.

In addition to meeting the artists and confronting their works, we stayed at some wonderful places and ate some fantastic food, which will be the focus of several succeeding posts.

But first, Tokyo, the beginning of the journey, where our fantastic guide Steve Beimel took us on a brief architectural tour.

The National Art Center, Tokyo


Tokyo Midtown

Prada and BMW Buildings

Nike and Tokyo Midtown

Bobby Jay

1 comment:

Piglet said...

i was hoping you would go into grreat detail about your recent visit to Japan. thank you for the beautiful descriptions and photos of the food.