נוימן חיינר אדריכלים | Japan – Part 1

Japan – Part 1

A two week trip to Japan has left me overwhelmed with thoughts and experiences.

One of the results were many gigs, and hundreds of pictures uploaded to facebook spontaneously, that surprisingly received positive reactions and some heart-warming comments.

When I got back I organized all my thoughts, which I’m presenting in this blog.

Kyoto, Japan, initial insights and observations:

Most Japanese dye their hair brown. Weird.

I’ve never seen a city with some many diverse treasures, intensity, and so moving as Kyoto. In that manner it reminds me of Paris, though Kyoto is far from being a beautiful city.

Despite the density, it seems most residences are houses rather than apartments. Small, with minimal airways, line 0 in width, and sometimes 20cm between windows or between a home and the train.

The aesthetic is phenomenal.

Sometimes though exaggerated, the loud and kitchy, though mostly – zen, pure minimalism, beautiful.

In the above pictures:

Detail in Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Detail in Castle, Nara

Rooftops in Nan Zen Ji Castle, Northern end of the Philosophers’ Road

Perfect zen atmosphere, the most moving out of all

A typical street in Kyoto. Completely different from Paris. Including a common vehicle and a vending machine.

A street undeserving of its name (actually, streets here do not have names – more on the topic further).

Tangled electricity cables. Unbelievable, yet common in Japan.

Astounding graphic design, a maps of Gion, and Higashiyama streets, Kyoto.

Typical Street in Higashiyama, Kyoto

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