Japan has some astonishing buildings. Sure – most of the country is filled with brutally ugly concrete blocks, but even in these one can appreciate some interesting design aspects. The earthquake proof expressway in Tokyo is a case in point; it looks fantastically ugly but it is fascinating in it’s engineering, and provides an interesting backdrop to many a street-scene in Tokyo with interesting curves and angles.
And then there are the temples of which there are a countless number throughout the country. Typically these have very heavy roofs to make them more resilient to earthquakes (the roof resonates with the quake but the building doesn’t fall down), and are usually beautifully set against lovely trees, water or other features.
Walk down some backstreets and ordinary homes are, well… actually often not very ordinary. It seems to me that in Japan everything is very deliberately designed for practically and often meticulously cared for. Japan rewards you with taking care to *see* not just look or glimpse.
Posts like these make me realise that I’d planned specifically to include architecture as a subject in Japan as there is so much to look for and photograph. I didn’t do this – so instead have a small selection to offer of what I consider to be interesting examples of Japanese architecture.