If you’ve lived in Japan for a while, or come to visit with a very specific idea in mind (e.g. Japanese food or travel), it could be easy to forget or take for granted the fascinating design of Japan.
By Sami Kawahara
From the towering buildings in central Tokyo to the sophisticated toilets at your local combini, everything in Japan is carefully crafted.
In an effort to promote this Japanese design to the world, Creative Tokyo—a government sponsored initiative—took us on a three-day tour of the city to remind us of the beauty that surrounds us everyday. Here are some of the highlights of day one in a three-part series:
When you hear the name “Park Hotel” in Tokyo, you might automatically think of the 52nd floor of the famous Lost in Translation bar in Shinjuku. However, tucked in the modern area of Shiodome is a truly unique hotel with impressive aesthetics and design.
The hotel recently launched a project and new line of guest rooms, called the Artist in Hotel project, where Japanese artists paint on the walls of a room. Each room is painted in a unique way, according to the individual artist’s inspiration, and the Park Hotel plans to introduce nine new Artist Rooms each year till 2016.
Stepping into each of these rooms gave us a true sense of the artist’s passion, starting with the dragon-themed room, which you can see above:
The next stop was KITTE, one of Tokyo’s newest and most interesting department stores, located next to Tokyo Station. Marking its one year anniversary this month, Japan Post celebrates the successful launch of its first department store (aptly named KITTE for both stamp in Japanese and kite meaning “come”) with approximately 100 shops.
Created under the concept of connecting people and connecting old and new Japan, KITTE showcases Japanese designers, making for an experience that combines the right amount of tradition and modern touches mixed together.
The building built in 1931 is the first display of KITTE’s innovative design:
KITTE’s outdoor garden
LED energy-saving design