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What is Wabi Sabi? by nim
April 8, 2009, 11:53 am
Filed under: Architecture, Education, Group, People, Temple, Tokyo

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We decided to ask these youthful suits what they thought Wabi Sabi meant. They told us that it was too difficult to explain in English what it was (although their English was pretty good)- so naturally we asked them if they could show us a pose that represents Wabi Sabi. Personally, I have  refrained from telling you what I believe Wabi Sabi to mean, because it can have so many defintions- for me it resided in an experience (in Japan) which will be shared later on in this blog series. But for all you Marcel Theroux wannabes, for now, this pose will have to do.

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…I should mention, the Japanese local in the middle is infact Bandai reject “Job hunter Ken”. These guys were amazingly animated, and incredible fun and I wish them the best of luck with their job hunting, especially Ken.

Nim and Chandni

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Island Harumi by htkay
April 5, 2009, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Architecture, City Studies, Education, Tokyo


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dsc057471All three of these scenes are found within the Harumi Island Triton Square, an office and residential complex consisting of three high rise towers, and one much shorter tower. The extreme juxtaposition of styles was entertaining rather than uncomfortable or bizarre.

 

Harry



The Island of Urban Renaissance by nim
April 5, 2009, 12:20 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Development, Education, Group, Photography, Tokyo

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These are some internal and external views of the Harumi Island, where the UR is based. The place contains a mish-mash of styles; concluding with this “Brindley Place” (Birmingham, UK) style garden. This is not a “Zen” garden by any means of the word- but the presence of a small river, a delicate water fountain, and a bending bridge are very suggestive of this popular Japanese style. Both the internal and external spaces are very polished- it is almost like the island is a 3D travel brochure; corporate in its majesty. Alas this is not the true Tokyo- we wanted to see something more Raw…*insert sushi joke here*

Nimesh



Urban Renaissance by htkay
April 5, 2009, 7:15 am
Filed under: Architecture, City Studies, Development, Education, Tokyo

The Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) is working throughout Tokyo confronting social problems and problems that may arise in the future;

“Japan is currently faced with various new challenges that must be confronted in order to revive attractive and energetic cities in which people shine with joy”

As part of their presentation the UR took us to their presentation room at Harumi Triton Square which had a huge scale model of central Tokyo.

 

 

The model has taken three years to construct, and is a working progress as the development of Tokyo is ongoing

The model has taken three years to construct, and is a working progress as the development of Tokyo is ongoing

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The UR revolves around its five ‘core factors’;

  1. Revival of “idle land” into multipurpose communities
  2. Creation of new bases for the upcoming generations in which people, products and culture are entwined
  3. Aiming for the realisation of safe cities that can withstand earthquakes and fire disasters
  4. Realisation of comfortable living with work and living spaces within close proximity
  5. Renew cities and lifestyles by reconstructing old housing

 

There are reclaimed islands in Tokyo Bay on which planning permission is being sought and final surveys are being carried out

There are reclaimed islands in Tokyo Bay on which planning permission is being sought and final surveys are being carried out

 

 

The UR presentation made sense of the apparent organised madness we had seen up to this point and was a brilliant way to start our week of exploring Tokyo.

More information on the UR and their five ‘core factors’ can be found at their website;

http://www.ur-net.go.jp/profile/english/index.html

 

Harry