Architecture

The photographs below are purposefully ordered to allow the viewer to compare and contrast the Grand and the Simple, the Ornate and the Understated, the Breathtaking and the Contemplative.  If you enjoy this gallery, then I invite your to check out these: Rain “雨” and  Shapes & Shadows.   And, certainly, enjoy the stories, which you can link to via the tabs above…
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At Kurodani Temple.  Okazaki.  Kyoto.  2004.

At Kurodani Temple. Okazaki. Kyoto. 2004.

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Buildings in Chiyoda Ward.  Seen from Imperial Hotel. Tokyo.  2007.

Buildings in Chiyoda Ward. View from Imperial. Tokyo. 2007.

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Heian Shrine.  Kyoto.  2007.

Heian Shrine. Kyoto. 2007.

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Ginza Capital Hotel Annex. Nov 2009.

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Reflections.  Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.  2007.

Reflections. Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. 2007.

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Teahouse.  Gion District.  Kyoto.  2008.

Teahouse. Gion District. Kyoto. 2008.

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Hotel.  Tsukiji District.  Tokyo.  Nov 2009..

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Great Heian Jingu Gate in Background. 2008.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Great Heian Jingu Gate in Background. 2008.

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Inside Shinagawa Station. Tokyo. May 2010.

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Roofline looking west from Kurodani Temple.  Kyoto.  2007.

Roofline looking west from Kurodani Temple. Kyoto. 2007.

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Reflections II.  Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.  2007.

Reflections II. Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. 2007.

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Wall and window.  Okazaki side street.  Kyoto.  2007.

Wall and window. Okazaki side street. Kyoto. 2007.

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Himeji Castle.  Himeji.  2008.

Himeji Castle. Himeji. 2008.

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Home entrance.  In front of Kurodani Temple. Kyoto.  2007.

Home entrance. In front of Kurodani Temple. Kyoto. 2007.

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Looking over Itsukushima Shrine, through the Otorii.  Miyajima.  2008.

Looking over Itsukushima Shrine, through the Otorii. Miyajima. 2008.

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Along the tiny, Shirakawa River.  Kyoto.  2007.

Along the tiny, Shirakawa River. Kyoto. 2007.

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Cathedralesque (and somewhat presumptuous) Kindai University Law School.  Osaka.  2008

Cathedralesque (and somewhat presumptuous) Kindai University Law School. Osaka. 2008. (Note smudge due to photo taken through window)

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Noren in the breeze.  Kyoto shop.  2008.

Noren in the breeze. Kyoto shop. 2008.

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Kyoto Station. May 2010.

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Ryoan-ji Rock Garden. Kyoto. May 2010.

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Gion, Shinbashi. Kyoto. May 2010.

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Less-than-flattering view of Tokyo's Skyline. May 2010.

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Along Tetsugaku no Michi ("Philosopher's Path"), Kyoto. May 2010.

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Beams. At Todai-ji. Nara. May 2010.

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The Local Butcher Shop. Sanjo Street. Kyoto. 2010.

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Ceiling. Osaka Dome. 2010.

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Note: the photographs below are not exactly “arty”, nor are they meant to be.  They are, rather, just photos of an innovatively designed house in Kyoto that I want any architects who visit this gallery to see.

Ferro-concrete house.  Okazaki, Kyoto.  2008.

Ferro-concrete house. Okazaki, Kyoto. 2008.

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Kyoto ferro-concrete house, detail 1.

Kyoto ferro-concrete house, detail 1.

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Kyoto ferro-concrete house, detail 2.

Kyoto ferro-concrete house, detail 2.

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Kyoto ferro-concrete house, detail 3 (garage).

Kyoto ferro-concrete house, detail 3 (garage).

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    • michelle
    • August 21st, 2010

    They are all incredible. Such beauty and delight. Serene and historic. Great work!

    Michelle

      • letsjapan
      • August 21st, 2010

      Thanks, Michelle –

      Of course the inside of Osaka Dome (you’ll note that those thingies in the middle of the shot are loud speakers*) is note particularly “serene” during a game, but your point is well taken and, yes, there are several photos of quite serene places, and historical for sure.

      Again, thanks for visiting and commenting and all!

      R.

      *If you go to the right-hand side of the page, enter “Play Ball!” into the site’s Search Engine and bring up the Play Ball! piece I did in June, you can see/hear a short vid (@ the very end of the piece) from inside Osaka Dome, in the waning minutes of the Buffaloes getting stomped by the Swallows.

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