Category Archives: architecture

Konohana-ku

A 60s bridge, the feeling of the 60s which ended when I was seven came back in all its cold steel starkness the minimalist stairs you could see below them the trucks zooming under you 20 feet 30 feet 40 … Continue reading

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Renovated Cracker Boxes – Before/After

Recently, I’ve got myself hooked on a popular home renovation programme which is on every Sunday night at eight on Asahi TV. Called Before/After , it’s a Japanese variation on all those fix-it shows that have been on for years … Continue reading

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Minding the Cold, or Samuidesuneeeee!

There have been flurries all day in Osaka, to the horror of most of the people I’ve spoken to today. Osaka, a port, nearly surrounded by low mountain ranges on three sides and chock-full of nice, warming smog, rarely gets … Continue reading

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Osaka Architecture – a(nother) Letter

A(nother) Esteemed Correspondent wrote to say, among other things: “I’m sorry to hear that much of Tennoji is gone now […]” I thought about that and clarified a bit. “That was a lazy description on my part– most of what … Continue reading

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Osaka Architecture – a Letter

An Esteemed Correspondent wrote to me yesterday asking about Osaka in the 30s (he’s writing a book and might visit the city to do research). Among other things, he wondered what was remaining architecturally from those days: Esteemed Correspondent: […] … Continue reading

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