SVAX TS, Hironori Kanno architect & associates, 1987


I was going forward the new skyscraper by Mori (see Toranomon which is inthe background) and I found this well designed building. For the one who wants to know, here is the firm who designed. Concrete and glass, with curved surfaces. And after 27 years still looks good. Few maintenance works are needed. Omedetou! Congratulations.

This project is also included in this dated magazine, if you are interested in learn morea about it. The not flattened surface of the concrete is really a delicate touch of elegance.

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Toilet – signs at Lumine 2ndfloor, Ikebukuro, 池袋

IMGP1371Although some posts no need much comment, I guess this firm has a bright talent for visual design! On the other side, the script are not saying that the image was ….ineffective?IMGP1370IMGP1369 IMGP1368

Ginza, 2nd Ave. 1 Tange, –設計 丹下都市

IMGP1300The funny thing of this building is that you can pass all the way through it as if you were walking inside a back alley of American neighbourhood.

But you are indeed in a VIP area of Tokyo (Ginza as the title says). This link claim is a 2010 project maybe completed in 2011, it has still some freshness in my opinion and finishing and also lines are very elegant.


Here 10 splendid pictures of the inside location , I presume the downstair lounge. There is also a peculiar design in the path I discovered through them! Check them out.

This number of the magazine, kendaikenchiku, says it has been completed in 2005. Maybe in 2011 a little renovation had occured. This post has also the exact location. This number of the magazine for shops, shotenkennchiku, indented this projected on it. You may have heard ot the Tange studio, if not check who are they here.

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Shimokitazawa Awaodori – This Weekend

it sounds pretty a good Dance street Festival, maybe I can make it

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If you are in Tokyo over the weekend and not afraid to spend a few hours outdoors in the 35 degrees heat I can only recommend that you get over to Shimokitazawa for their two day annual Awaodori festival! It is always great fun and the narrow streets are perfect for enjoying the energy of Awaodori.

I took these photos at the festival in 2012, of the famous Takarabune (宝船) dance group, at their final set piece performance. The festival is actually divided into two parts. The first two and a half hours are dedicated to the parade but the last 30 minutes is set aside for each team to gather at a chosen spot and perform their set piece, complete with more advance routines giving them a chance to show of their skills. Just pick a team and cheer them on. You will never be able to find a…

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Ryogoku Brasserie, Izakaya, Restaurant, Birreria…and what else, Sumo? It is called like that 両国国技館前店 (ryogoku hananomai mise)

IMGP1342for my birthday dinner, I have decided to inve my family in Ryogoku. closeby the place I currently work. It is near the Sumo “temple”, and it is a touristic area of TOkyo. This morning a met a groupo of Italian tourist standind just in front of this restaurant .

Soon we took our reservead seat near the Sumo Arena which is inside the place, we felt that was a great place to relax and go back to the past, or at least forgetting the contemporary urban time. My kid really enjoyed. We had nabe, which means pot, asyou can see below.

IMGP1333There is a choice of taste , soy sauce, miso or salt (we took salt), which are very common choice when it comes to japanese popular cuisine. I am sure this place is in every Tokyo Guide (even if I did not checked)

because it  is awesome. I found also their website, here the link.  Even thought this post seems off topic, it strictly regardin traditional japanese architecture, like

that here below.

IMGP1339In fact they have a sepaarate area of the Restaurant, where I guess many party happen. Tonight it was empty though.

What was inexpected at the beginning of the dinneraround 7.00, there were 4 singers stanindg obove the Sumo arena collecting money after their singing. That was a really great atmosphere.

My unrequested advice is ,check out this place with whom you like if you come to Tokyo once. If you have been once in Munich and lied the Bier atmosphere of the great gasthouses there, you will find a japanese corrispondent here. whether or not you aregong to drink sake or beer of fruit juice.

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