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Architect

Tadao Ando
安藤忠雄
(1941- )
Japanese architect whose approach to architecture was once categorized as critical regionalism. 
Here are his famous works around Osaka, Kansai.

*Row house (nagaya) Sumiyoshi, Osaka
*Rokko housing I, kobe, Hyogo
*Church of the light, Osaka
*Water temple, awaji island, Hyogo
*Naoshima contemporary art museum
*Toto seminar house,awaji, hyogo
*Hiroki oda museum, gamo-gun, Shiga
*Awaji island project, Awaji shima, Hyogo

Kenzo Tange
丹下健三
(1913-2005)
He was one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, combining traditional Japanese styles with modernism, and designed major buildings on five continents. Kenzo Tange was also an influential protagonist of the structuralist movement. 

SANAA SANAA is an architectural firm based in Tokyo. It was founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. In 2010, Sejima and Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor.
Famou project
*21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa
*Dior Omotesando Store in Tokyo, Issey Miyake Store in Tokyo

Kisho Kurokawa
黒川紀章

(1934-2007)
He was a leading Japanese architect and one of the founders of the Metabolist Movement.
Kurokawa graduated from Kyoto University’s architecture department and then did his master’s and doctoral studies at Tokyo University under Kenzo Tange, who was hailed as the architect of some of the most remarkable structures of the 20th century.



Novelist

Haruki Murakami
村上春樹
(1949- )
Hr is one of the most popular and controversial of today’s Japanese authors. His genre-defying, humorous and surreal works have sparked fierce debates in Japan over whether they are true “literature” or simple pop-fiction:

*Norwegian Wood ノルウェイの森
*Dance Dance Dance 
ダンス・ダンス・ダンス
*The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 
ねじまき鳥クロニクル
*Kafka on the Shore 
海辺のカフカ
*After Dark
アフターダーク
*1Q84

Banan Yoshimoto
吉本ばなな

(1964- )
She is a Japanese contemporary writer. She writes her name in hiragana.Her works, including “Kitchen”, are translated and published in more than 20 countries.

Natsume Sōseki
夏名漱石
(1867-1916)
He is often compared with Mori Ōgai, wrote I Am a Cat (1905) with humor and satire, then depicted fresh and pure youth in Botchan (1906) and Sanshirô (1908). He eventually pursued transcendence of human emotions and egoism in his later works including Kokoro (1914) his last and unfinished novel Light and darkness (1916).

Artist / Musician

Yoko Ono
小野洋子
(1933- )
A Japanese-American conceptualartist, musician, author and peace activist, also known for her marriage to John Lennon and her groundbreaking work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking. Ono brought feminism to the forefront through her music, and is also considered a pioneer and major influence of the 1970s new wave genre. She is a supporter of gay rights and is known for her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs.

Yoshitomo Nara 
奈良 美智
(1959- )
He is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan during the Pop art movement of the nineties. Yoshitomo Nara’s paintings and sculpture of stylized cartoon children and animals evoke a range of memories from childhood, “both sad and fantastic.”

Yayoi Kusama
草間弥生

(1929- )
She is a Japanese conceptual artist whose paintings, collages, soft sculptures, performance art and environmental installations all share an obsession with repetition, pattern, and accumulation.

Nobuyoshi Araki
荒木 経惟

(1940- )
He is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname Arākī.

samu Noguchi
野口 勇
(1904-1988)
He was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward.[1] Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.

Issey Miyake 
三宅 一生

(1938- )

He is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances.Mr. Miyake “oversees the overall direction of all lines created by his company”, even though the individual collections have been designed by his staff since his ‘retirement’ from the fashion world in 1997.

1月 28th, 2012 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff