Japans Designs

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Church of Light

Tadao Ando.
Reference: http://ibaraki-kasugaoka-church.jp/index.html


This architectural design is located in the midst of a quiet residential complex in Osaka. This incredible piece of architecture makes use of light as a raw material. Not only is there an illusion of a lit cross, but the roof is shaped in a way that it almost looks like it is levitating. This makes even more sense when you take into consideration the significance of light in the Catholicism.

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Kakiemon Style Bowls

reference: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/japanese-ceramic-styles/

Pottery and porcelain is one of Japans oldest form of art and overall, the finding of Porcalain is quiet a vital part of human evolution. It dates back to the Neolithic period. Kakiemon style pottery in particular was differing in that it had simple, asymmetrical designs. This style of pottery created a frenzy amoungst the European masses.


reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/MAPlqOEHRsmI1awIHQzRSQ

 The Great Wave


‘Kanagawa-Oki Nami-Ura’  translated into ‘The great wave’; is a woodblock print by Japanese artists Hokusai. It is one of, if not the most, famous piece of Japanese art. One of the first few japanese prints exposed to USA & Europe, which was celebrated and inspired many artists.

Although thought to be a tsunami, the great wave is a large ‘okinami’ a ‘wave of the open sea’. Its signifance in todays popular culture is evident by the variety of items this print is seen on. From tattoo’s to print, to plates and wall papers. This is still as influential in todays popculture as it was when first concieved and exchanged.


A Thousand Cranes.

reference: http://www.buddhistcouncil.org/bodhitree/Books/Story_of_the_Peace_Crane.pdf

Onset is a thousand pieces of origami paper folded up and formed into a crane. This is then held together by strings. Culturally, An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. This resonates with me due to the fact that an art form can be so entrenched within the overall culture and belief systems.


Butterfly Stool.

Sori Yanagi.

reference: http://www.dwr.com/category/designers/v-z/sori-yanagi.do

The butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi marries western thinking with Eastern forms. The gently curving silhouette of the twin seat shells is reminiscent of a butterfly’s wings.



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