What you'll do
Let's get into the design details of 8-10 of my favorite examples of architecture by Japan's top architects. We'll see (new) buildings by almost every internationally recognized architect in Japan. It's such a rare case to have a high density of examples from the most heralded architects in one area. We'll also look at more examples of buildings to give you a sense of each architect's design. We'll go on top of rooftops, around corners, and through the small streets of Aoyama. We'll talk about design of the buildings, and their place in the city through the lens of a few themes. I'll show you connections between Japanese culture and urban design. I also make connections between my own worldview, transformed by Japan, and the city.
I have a Master's degree in Urban Design from Georgia Institute of Technology, and I studied Japanese cities and architecture through a framework of Ecological Urbanism. I consider Japanese architecture the best in the world right now. I love the city and nature—two major aspects of Japanese design.
2 Professional quality photos of your group taken and edited by me.
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Where you'll be
Meet at the Nike Store in Harajuku. We'll start in Harajuku, a gathering place for the fashionably young, and wind our way through Aoyama, one of Tokyo's fashion and design hubs. Taking major streets and small alleyways alike, we'll end in Minami Aoyama near Omotesando station
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 7 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests must be able to comfortably walk up to three miles.
Wear walking shoes. Use my directions to find the meeting point. The map is not as accurate sometimes.