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 Building Lit Up In Blue To Raise Awareness Of N. Korea Abduction

Tokyo building lit up in blue to raise awareness of N. Korea abduction

The Tokyo metropolitan government lit up its building in blue Wednesday to raise public awareness of the issue of North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

In Japan, blue ribbons symbolize the campaign of relatives and supporters seeking the return of Japanese abductees.

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.

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.