Posts Tagged ‘Miyazaki’

The Stink Spirit

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Japan has had to endure far more than its share of natural and human disasters and far too much of the lethal wreckage they bring with them—as if one disaster alone wouldn’t be too much. Watching the deeply horrifying tsunami footage, I kept remembering images from Hiyao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away in which characters repeatedly face horrifying dark tides of filthy detritus that overwhelm everything in their path.

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Now that it’s November this is known as a “fall pumpkin carving.”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Hallowe’en is over but this fantastic Japanese raccoon figure survives. I wish it could stay there all winter. It was seen at this cool little bungalow – brick, which is unusual for Vancouver – a block away from the studio. The owners refurbished it and landscaped it themselves, but I was still taken aback by their pumpkin carving skills.

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Terunobu Fujimori, Japanese architecture historian turned architect

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Terunobu Fujimori has been called the world’s only “surreal architect.” Obviously this is false, but there is a fantastical quality about his work that isn’t typical among architects, even when they’re trying for the new, strange or sci-fi. Fujimori is interesting because his fantasy has a down-to-earth, muted folktale-like quality without straying into gimmicks or kitsch.

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Tetsu Teahouse in Japan, by Terunobu Fujimori

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Minimalism and fantasy, together. The interior of this teahouse is simple and modern, while the fantastical exterior looks like something from a Hiyao Miyazaki film. The interior view of the sliding wooden doors or shutters is just beautiful. The building is a Japanese teahouse by Terunobu Fujimori, who represented Japan at the Venice Biennale, in Yamanashi Prefecture.

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