Gateway To Tokyo Puts On New Face With Granite Square

Gateway to Tokyo puts on new face with granite square

The renovated space in front of JR Tokyo Station was unveiled in its full glory on Dec. 7, displaying a grandeur more commonly associated with palaces than transport hubs.

The 19,000-square-meter area in front of the station's Marunouchi building, in the heart of the capital's commercial district, had been undergoing renovation work in a joint project between East Japan Railway Co. and the Tokyo metropolitan government since August 2014.

Photo: All Squared Away

All squared away A public square on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station opened on Thursday after renovations by East Japan Railway Co. and the Tokyo metropolitan government. Measuring 6,500 square meters, the central square portion extends to Gyoko-dori avenue, which connects to the Imperial Palace. The portion is paved primarily with white granite, with zelkova trees planted on both sides.

Show Presents Ando's Lifetime Of Endeavors

Show presents Ando's lifetime of endeavorsThe Church of the Light, which was built in 1989 in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, is one of the best-known works of Tadao Ando. Visitors to the current exhibition on the globally renowned architect at The National Art Center, Tokyo, now have a chance to appreciate the masterpiece through a life-size reproduction.

A cross-shaped slit in one of the walls of the replica, measuring about 6 meters wide, 18 meters deep and 7 meters tall, allows light to penetrate through, creating a solemn atmosphere.

Apparel Firms Building New Revenue Streams In Home Design

Apparel firms building new revenue streams in home design

Apparel companies suffering from sluggish clothes sales are using their retail expertise to branch out to house and apartment design, at the same time expanding their reach to the homewares and furniture market.

Taking the new direction is seen as a necessity for the clothing companies to ensure profitability and survival.

Bathhouse Gets Makeover With Photos By Mika Ninagawa

Bathhouse gets makeover with photos by Mika Ninagawa

MATSUYAMA--Photographs taken by film director and photographer Mika Ninagawa have added some pizzazz to the historic Dogo Onsen Honkan bathhouse for the Dogo Onsenart 2018 art event.

The "Dogo Onsen Honkan Installation" features pictures of fireworks shot by Ninagawa in various places across the country. After dark, the bathhouse building is lit up to give it a mysterious glow.

1st Private-sector Condo Bldg To Be Demolished

1st private-sector condo bldg to be demolished

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The nation's first private-sector condominium building, built in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in 1956, will be demolished due to its aging.

Work to demolish the five-story building with 28 units, Yotsuya Co-Plus, will begin on Sept. 15, Asahi Kasei Realty & Residence Corp., a unit of Asahi Kasei Corp., said Tuesday.

Tokyo Luxury Condo Sales Booming

Tokyo luxury condo sales booming

The Yomiuri ShimbunLuxury condominiums in Tokyo's 23 wards have been selling well. According to an Aug. 15 report on July condo sales from Real Estate Economic Institute Co., the number of listings rose 42.3 percent from a year ago to 1,863 units.

However, condo sales declined in surrounding prefectures, such as Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures, revealing the emergence of divergent trends.

Hotel Splashes The Cash With World's 1st Pure Platinum Bath

Hotel splashes the cash with world's 1st pure platinum bath

KISARAZU, Chiba Prefecture--Even the glistening gold of Donald Trump's penthouse has got nothing on the latest accessory in a hotel here--the world's first pure-platinum bathtub, valued at 380 million yen ($3.45 million).

The Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki Fujimitei has given the tub pride of place in its large observation bathroom on the 11th floor, from which Mount Fuji can be seen on clear days.

Marriott To Open Luxury Edition Hotels In Ginza, Toranomon

Marriott to open luxury Edition hotels in Ginza, Toranomon

Two branches of a top luxury hotel brand operated by Marriott International Inc. will open in central Tokyo by the summer of 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma will be in charge of the exterior and interior designs of the hotels targeting wealthy foreign tourists.

Marriott's Top Luxury Brand Hotel To Open Locations In Tokyo In 2020

Marriott's top luxury brand hotel to open locations in Tokyo in 2020

Real estate developer Mori Trust Co. and U.S. hotel operator Marriott International Inc. said Wednesday that Marriott's top luxury brand hotel will open for the first time in Japan in 2020 to attract foreign tourists ahead of the Tokyo Games.

High-end hotel Edition will open at two locations -- Toranomon and Ginza -- in central Tokyo at once in the spring or summer of 2020 as the developer anticipates sufficient demand because premium hotels are scarce in the capital compared with major foreign cities, they said.

Grand Twin Tower Complex In Osaka Marks Completion

Grand twin tower complex in Osaka marks completion

OSAKA--A ceremony to mark the completion of a new town complex comprised of two 200-meter buildings that have dramatically reshaped Osaka's central business district's skyline was held in the city's Kita Ward on April 17.

Executives of the construction company, tenants and others attended the opening ceremony of Festival City in the Nakanoshima district.

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.