New Capsule Hotel In Osaka Offers More Room Than A Coffin

New capsule hotel in Osaka offers more room than a coffinHanshin Electric Railway Co. will climb aboard the budget accommodation business with a “high-class” capsule hotel that won’t give claustrophobics nightmares.
Unlike many conventional capsule hotels, the new hotel will offer 2.1-meter-high rooms, spacious enough for a guest to stand in, unless they are an NBA center.

Tiburon Bayfront Home A Homage To Japanese Architecture

Tiburon bayfront home a homage to Japanese architectureArchitecture, fine art and culture converge atop solid bedrock in Paradise Cay. Set at the northeastern edge of Tiburon’s peninsula overlooking San Francisco Bay, a striking display of Japanese architecture overlooks boat slips and the sea.
Alfred Klyce, a fourth generation Mill Valley architect who trained in Japan, designed 225 Martinique Ave., a four-bedroom revolving around an open-air courtyard.

Old Wooden House In Wakayama Pref. A Popular Place To Stay With Foreign Tourists

Old wooden house in Wakayama Pref. a popular place to stay with foreign touristsAn old wooden house that was vacant for over a decade has become a popular lodging facility among foreign travelers after the building was renovated to accommodate just one group of guests per night.
According to lodging operator Nankimirai, a joint venture by public and private sectors, the occupancy rates of the "Konya Machiya" house between April and December last year was 53.5 percent, and some 60 percent of the guests were tourists from overseas.

Architecture Is More Than Public Works

Architecture is more than public worksArchitecture is now a common topic for everyone, even referred to in tabloids and on TV variety shows. You probably remember the debates in 2015 about the construction costs for the new National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games, and last year’s discussions on the relocation of Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale market to Toyosu.

"megaphone-shaped" Holiday Home In Japan Prioritises Garden

"Megaphone-shaped" holiday home in Japan prioritises garden This holiday home by Japanese studios Taku Sakaushi Architects and OFDA has a tapered form that broadens towards a garden, but narrows where it meets a road, creating a secluded getaway in Karuizawa.
The site is hemmed on its northern edge by a street and by neighbouring properties on its other sides, so Taku Sakaushi and OFDA tried to create a design that ensures the house is not overlooked.

Japanese Retailer Muji To Open First Canadian Pop-up Store In Vancouver

Japanese retailer MUJI to open first Canadian pop-up store in VancouverMUJI is finally making its way to Vancouver—as a pop-up shop, at least.
Popular for its streamlined home, fashion, and stationery goods that forgo branding and excess packaging, the Japanese retailer has announced on its Canadian Facebook page that it will be participating in Japan Unlayered, an exhibition showcasing contemporary Japanese architecture, design, and culture at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place) from January 27 to February 28, 2017.

Japanese Architects Lend A Hand In High-tech Switzerland

Japanese architects lend a hand in high-tech SwitzerlandIn contrast to the familiar images of cows grazing in the picturesque Alps, Switzerland is also a country known for its technological innovations, in particular in such fields as civil engineering.
The nation in the center of Europe has recently, for instance, finished work on the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest railway tunnel with a length of 57 kilometers, surpassing the 53.9-km-long Seikan Tunnel in Japan, which is the second longest.

New Commercial Building "ginza Place" Opens In Tokyo

New commercial building "Ginza Place" opens in TokyoA group firm of Sapporo Holdings Ltd. opened a new commercial building in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Saturday.
People queued up before the opening of the "Ginza Place," which houses shops and restaurants as well as showrooms of Nissan Motor Co. and Sony Corp.

New Role Eyed For Storied Palace In Kyoto's Nijo Castle

New role eyed for storied palace in Kyoto's Nijo CastleA planned makeover of historic Nijo Castle here could involve renting out the room where modern Japan came into being so international conferences can be held there.
The castle, a World Heritage site that was built in 1603 at the start of the Edo Period, played host to the last Tokugawa shogun as he handed over the reins of government to Emperor Meiji, thus ushering in the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

Quake-proof Renovation For Boj Building

Quake-proof renovation for BOJ buildingThe Bank of Japan's main building is to undergo major renovation to make it more resistant to earthquakes.
The government has designated the 120-year-old structure as an important cultural property.

Kenta Eto Completes House With Sliced-away Corner In Japan

Kenta Eto completes house with sliced-away corner in JapanThe corner appears to have been chopped off this house in Japanese city Oita, revealing a tree growing behind the building's walls (+ slideshow).
Designed by locally based architect Kenta Eto, OJI House is a two-storey residence at the junction between two roads, located in a residential neighbourhood outside the city centre.

Ashes To Concrete

Ashes to ConcreteFor this unique home, Atelier Tekuto teamed up with experts to develop an environmentally-friendly concrete made—not from sand—but volcanic ash.
The Japanese firm Atelier Tekuto has specialized in developing new construction methods in the course of designing over 200 houses. When a midcareer couple, both chemists, knocked on the firm’s door requesting “a challenging piece of architecture that is environmentally friendly,” the architects took the opportunity to invent a 100 percent renewable concrete material for the R Torso C House in Tokyo.

Commercial Complex Opens On Former Akasaka Prince Site In Tokyo

Commercial complex opens on former Akasaka Prince site in TokyoA major commercial complex of Seibu Holdings Inc., including an upscale hotel, opened Wednesday in central Tokyo on the site of the former Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho commercial complex in Chiyoda Ward has offices, shops, restaurants and apartment units along with the 250-room hotel, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho.