The National Showa Memorial Museum (昭和館 )named Showa-kan by Kikutake Kyonori( 菊竹 清訓 )


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I haven’t been yet inside the Showa Museum (the japanese wikipedia voice is short) because I need my wife with me to expound its content despite this visitor refers that the visit lasts only half an hour.

The museum is about how was the life in the Showa period that is grossly means during the war although the Showa ended only in 1989.(272 words)

This post is more about Kyonori Kikutake whose interview in the book surprised me a lot. As the interviewer was presenting in the short preface, Kikutake, who passed away only two years ago, was speaking frontally about political controversial issues as his stance was clearly on a extreme right positions. (This was my first time I read something like that, since I am not usually looking for political books, as an Italian I got so bored of politics as you may easily imagine.)

The importance of Kikutake, is mainly linked to the Metabolist movement, which is a turning point , 1960-61, in the japanese contemporary architectural history. Younger architects, such Jun Aoki for instance, argued that nowadays japanese are missing some charismatic thinkers like him.

Here is to say that maybe the Showa-kan is not a beauty itself, but at least gave me a reason to write the first post about the father of the movement who lead to other beauties, by the way Toyo Ito was a former apprentice in his studio.

The pictures I took are also about buildings you can see from the Showa kan. (253 words).

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