I was riding my bike last week when I rode past a large temple complex in the middle of urban Tokyo, this happens quite often. I decided to lock up my bike on the side of the road and explore a bit. The temple was only a few minutes ride from my apartment. It had an amazing garden, with everything in it made entirely out of bamboo and maybe a bit of string, it seems. Bamboo is ubiquitous in Japan, it can do everything. It's extremely abundant, and it is untreated- it can be disassembled at the end of its usefulness and disposed of painlessly, and replaced equally as easily. It is flexible yet strong, and obviously locally grown. Pretty inspiring!
Friday, February 18, 2011
So much has happened in the past month! First off, I am now living in Tokyo! I am here to do a few things: I will be interning with two industrial design firms over the course of the next few months. I have already gotten started at one last week, by the name of Nosigner (http://www.nosigner.com/). My advisor from Takumi Juku back in Takayama has retired from the school and will also relocate to Tokyo soon. He has a new job repairing furniture at the Meiji Shrine, which is the most famous shrine in Tokyo. I will be spending some time there with him. I will also be visiting the studios and workshops of many designers in and around the city.
I found an apartment in Shinjuku, right in the heart of the city! I am living in a cozy (tiny) 15 square meter place, with a balcony!
Palazetto Waseda 303
Shinjuku-ku, 96-2 Bentencho
Speaking of which, the first day I got into town, I bought a new bike! It's a compact folding bike, though I haven't found a realistic reason or situation to fold it up yet...
Also, I fully intend to start diligently keeping up with my blog again! I missed it! So stay tuned!