1st juli – 2017
written by yuka takeuchi

A trip to japan

 I believe the importance of environment influencing the culture.

70% of Japan is nature, but Japan is not only well-known of nature or traditional culture, but also of the modern changes of technology, city development, work and architecture.

 My Japanese trips are about a mix between these 3 elements and they are related to each other.

 This time in the winter season, I went to Tokyo and around Tokyo and I explored the 3 elements again.

 My excitement of this trip was visiting a new museum, designed by architect Kazuyo Sejima which opened in the end of November in 2016, http://hokusai-museum.jp/.

 Kazuyo Sejima is one of the founder of SANAA and this building has some similar design characteristics, like the materials and colors. It is white inside and the facade materials are metal plates, metal mesh and glass. These materials reflect colors from the surroundings, which make this building connects with the exterior, like the most of Sejima’s projects. It is definitely recognizable as a contemporary design.

 This contemporary building, is called, Sumida Hokusai museum, dedicated to the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai San, (1760 – 1849) from the Edo-period, who mostly did ukiyo-e, wood printed painting. He uses diversity of line thickness and strong colors, which are noticeable in his two most famous works, ‘The great wave of Kanagawa’ and ‘Fine wind, clear morning’.

 Fine wind, clear morning is a wood-printed painting of the Japanese nature icon, Fuji San, colored in orange from the sunshine.

 After the visit of this museum, seeing new architecture and knowing about traditional Japanese painting, a question has risen up. Is there a relation between the contemporary architecture, traditional painting artist Hokusai and Fuji mountain.

 In this Japan visit, I coincidentally went all these 3 elements, which were also link to each other.

 I had seen Fuji mountain, this time, during my visit of Hakone.

 Beautiful and very powerful, it was amazing to see Fuji San so close by.

 Seeing the painting from Hokusai in the new museum of Sejima, I understood the expression of Fuji mountain of the painting.

 What an experience again in Japan.


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