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Japan’s Castles Stir Memories of Feudal Past (Photos)Yamashita Shigeki (Photographer)

Japan’s castles, mainly built by powerful regional leaders in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, are among the country’s top tourist attractions. In this collection, photographer Yamashita Shigeki captures the rich variety of Japanese castles in all their majesty.
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Architecture for All: An Interview with Pritzker Prize Winner Ban Shigeru

In 2014, Ban Shigeru received the Pritzker Prize, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of architecture. Ban has won international kudos for his temporary but sturdy structures built from paper tubes to shelter disaster victims and refugees. In an interview with Nippon.com, Ban talks about his latest project and shares his artistic philosophy.
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Architecture and the Blueprint for Gender Equality: Interview with Venice Biennale Commissioner Ōta Kayoko

Ōta Kayoko was appointed the commissioner of the Japanese Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, becoming the first woman to hold that position. In this interview, Ōta discusses how working overseas fostered her own global outlook and offers recommendations for Japan to transform its social outlook.
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Itō Toyoo and the “Minna No Ie” Project

The Minna No Ie project is an attempt to consider what the architectural profession can do to assist reconstruction efforts in regions of Japan impacted by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Katō Jun, a writer specializing in architecture, met with Itō Toyoo, the driving force of the project, to find out more.
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Tapping into Art’s Power in Post-3/11 Japan

The Aichi Triennale, which debuted in 2010, is wide-ranging art exhibition held in Nagoya. The theme of the event to be held in 2013 is “Awakening.” We sat down with the artistic director of the exhibition, Igarashi Tarō, to find out more about this theme and discuss the potential of art in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
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Tokyo Skytree: A Traditional and Modern Structure

The Tokyo Skytree project started in 2006. From the beginning, its creators determined to draw on the oldest Japanese architecture and aesthetics even as they crafted an ultramodern tower befitting the Tokyo skyline of tomorrow.
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