The One about the Crystal View Observatory at Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa

Back in 1989, with the opening of Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa, Tokyo, the reclaimed manmade island is known for its aquarium and bird sanctuary. Considered as the second largest park in Tokyo (after Mizumoto Park in Katsushika), one of the coolest architecture in the location is the Crystal View Observatory designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.  Constructed in 1994 and completed in 1995. A popular location for people to visit and […]

The One about the Fuji TV Building in Odaiba

In Odaiba, Japan, the Fuji TV building is one of the more recognized buildings, as it has been featured on television and movies. It’s one of the coolest, modern designed buildings in Odaiba and even years after it was built, it is still an iconic building in Tokyo. And I have been going to visit Fuji TV since 1999 as tours to see the various locations of where TV programs […]

The One about the Golden Obelisk in Odaiba, designed by Phillipe Starck

French designer Philippe Starck is well-known for his interior, architectural, industrial and product design. Starck studied at the Ecole Camondo in Paris and he created an inflatable structure in 1969 that questioned materiality and would bring him to the attention of Pierre Cardin who offered him a job as an artistic director of his publishing house. From his creations such as Cafe Costes, Mama Shelter in Marseille, France, his Volteis […]

The One about Bershka in Shibuya, Japan

Probably one of the catchier looking buildings in the trendy area of Shibuya is the Bershka building and the home of the Bershka retail company. A company that is from Spain (since 1998), Bershka is part of the Spanish Inditex group (which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Oysho, Uterque, Stradivarius and Zara Home), has buildings around the world. In fact, there are over a 1,000 Bershka shops in […]

The One about Harajuku Station

One of the first stations I had the opportunity to visit during my first time in Japan was Harajuku Station. A well-known railway station located in Shibuya, Tokyo and operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), the station’s beginnings go as far back as 1906. With over 70,000 passengers daily, Harajuku Station has no doubt become overly crowded on the weekends and while it is cramped, it was quite […]

The One about the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

While the majority of the buildings you find around Yokohama’s Minato Mirai 21 are modern, you will find hundreds of people near two red brick warehouses known as the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The buildings no doubt sticks out in the location and perhaps that is a very good thing as it houses concerts, events, 40 shops and attracts hundreds of visitors each day. Known as the Yokohama Akarenga Soko, […]

The One about the Golden Turd or Flame in Sumida Tokyo (@ Asahi Beer Hall)

One of the most unique structures in Sumida, Tokyo is the Asahi Beer Hall (Super Dry Hall). One of the building of the Asahi Breweries Headquarters, many will see what many call “Kin no Unko” (“The Golden Poo” or others like to say, “The Golden Turd”). While what people are seeing is the structure designed by French designer Philippe Starck back in 1989. Known as one of Tokyo’s most modern […]

The One about Tokyo Station and it’s Design

Tokyo Station is one of the few stations in Tokyo in which many will no doubt experience the feeling of getting lost. Similar to Shinjuku Station, it’s a large railway station that is like a labyrinth. Located in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, it is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo and the busiest station in Japan (over 3,000 trains per day) and the fifth-busiest in Eastern […]