Archive for the ‘Architectural Beauties’ Category
Japan Fashion Week is happening this week in locations around central Tokyo. We have listed the venues that the shows will appear. Below is a list for those wanting to attend.
Belle epoque College of Beauty Second School Building
Harajuku Quest Hall
JIJI Press Hall
Laforet Museum Harajuku
Laforet Museum Roppongi
PUK PUPA TEATRO
Suntory Hall – Blue Rose (Small Hall)
Tokyo FM Hall
Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1 Wood Terrace
Tokyo Midtown Hall (Hall A)
Yebisu The Garden Hall
We have even created a site for PC or mobile with maps to all the places.
GMAP site: Tokyo Collection Week ‘09 Spring / Summer Collection Locations
Official Website: www.jfw.jp
Designer Exhibition Schedule
SIN DEN, one of the most popular hair salons in Tokyo, has recently moved. The salon is well-known in the expat community and among the Japanese in the Aoyama area. What is special about the move is their funky new building. Click on the photos to check it out.
The new location is a bit hard to find, so we made an area map that covers the Gaeimmae, Harajuku, Omote-sando and Meiji-jingumae Stations. We have also created two other maps. One from Gaiemmae and Omote-sando Stations and the other from Harajuku and Meiji-jingumae Stations. SIN DEN’s New Location
And here is their new website→SIN DEN
Japan’s newest art museum (opened its doors on January 21), consisting of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, is the largest in the nation. The museum’s website states that instead of keeping a permanent art collection, it would concentrate on offering its space to various art exhibitions.
The building itself is a work of art. Very beautiful architectural design. The center not only hosts works of art, but has a restaurant, cafes and a museum shop. I have yet to visit the museum, but plan to do so in the near future.
Here is the map →National Art Center, Tokyo
Despite its design being based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Tokyo Tower (333m/1098ft) is 9 meters taller than the Eiffel, making it the world’s highest self-supporting iron tower and the tallest structure in Tokyo. Here is the location Map and the official site English page. Tokyo Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, among which the Eiffel Tower is not included. The tallest tower in the world is the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.
The prices for admission into the main observatory deck (150m) are 820yen for adults and 460yen for those in elementary and middle schools. You can pay another 600yen for adults and 400yen for children to go up to the special deck (250m). There are discounts for set packages and for groups, as well as for small children. You can call 03-3433-5111 for information.
Personally, I think Tokyo Tower is better to look at than looking from it, saving you the cost. But I guess you can say that you’ve been to the tower.
Did you know that Tokyo Tower is owned by a private company? Many people don’t. It is owned by Nihon Denpato. An interesting fact is that the company put up the tower as collateral to pay off the debts of a former president of the company. The amount was over 10-billion yen. Here is the article. Tokyo Tower in Debt
The Tokyo government is headquartered in three large buildings west of Shinjuku or better known as “Tocho.” Completed in 1991, it is a monument to the excesses of Japan’s real estate bubble in the 1980s.
Main Building No. 1 is 243 meters (797 ft) high with 48 stories above and 3 stories below ground. Main Building No.2 is 163 meters (535 ft) high with 34 stories above and 3 stories below ground. The Assembly Building is 41 meters (135 ft) high with 7 stories above and 1 story below ground. Photo
Worth visiting are the North and South Observatories on the 45th floor of the Main Building No. 1. Below are the visiting days and times. Admission is free!
North Observatory — 9:30a.m.-11:00p.m.
South Observatory — 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m（when North Observatory is closed, open till 11:00p.m.）
*Last admittance — 30 minutes before closing time
North Observatory — the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
South Observatory – the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
*When a national holiday falls on an Observatory day off, the day off will be observed on the following day.
*Both Observatories are closed from December 29 to 31, January 2 and 3, and on TMG Building inspection days.
And of course, here is how to get there! Map of Tocho
Structures in Tokyo are famous for their modern architectural designs. Moto-Azabu Hills Forest Tower is definitely one of them. One of Mori Buildings, they explain the design in this way. “The form is designed to effectively diminish the effects of wind, the casting of shadows, and any oppressive feelings the building might effect on the neighborhood.”