Built Environment: An Alternative Guide to Japan

The exhibition features 80 examples of buildings, civil engineering works and landscapes, etc., from all the prefectures of Japan, which are introduced through photographs, text and video images. It presents a rarely considered aspect of Japan, taking the built environment of the various of regions of a country that is geographically diverse and often struck by natural disasters, with the aim of examining how Japanese people have engaged and struggled with the natural environment and how they have carried on and created locality.

Shunsuke Kurakata (Associate professor, Osaka City University)
Satoshi Hachima (Professor, Chiba Institute of Technology)
Kenjiro Hosaka (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Exhibition Design
Hiroshi Kikuchi Architects

Exhibition Graphics
Masahiro Kakinokihara (10inc),Tomomi Nishikawa (10inc)

  • 2024 first semester Paraguay *TBC
  • November 28 - December 20, 2023
    Museum of Sacred Art of Para (Belem, Brazil)
  • October 9 - November 12, 2023
    Caixa (Brasilia, Brazil)
  • July 27 - August 27, 2023
    Municipal Art Museum of Curitiba (Curitiba, Brazil)
  • June 20 - July 16, 2023
    Postal Service Cultural Center (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • April 19 - June 11, 2023
    The Sao Paulo State Immigration Museum (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • February 15 - March 18, 2023
    SIAULIAI ART GALLERY (Siauliai, Lithuania)
  • November 2, 2022 - January 18, 2023
    National Library of Latvia (Riga City, Latvia)
  • July 11 - August 20, 2022
    Cankar Hall (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • May 10 - 31, 2022
    Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia)
  • February 24 - March 17, 2022
    El Sawy Culturewheel (Cairo, Egypt)
  • November 16 - December 27, 2021
    National Library of Romania (Bucharest, Romania)
  • October 4 - 15, 2021
    University of Architecture, Civil Eng. and Geodesy (Sophia, Bulgaria)
  • August 3 - September 5, 2021
    Cultural center "Sea Casino" (Burgas, Bulgaria)
  • April 19 - July 2, 2021
    The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (Cologne, Germany)

Photo: Moerenuma Park
Moerenuma ParkIsamu Noguchi

Photo: Keihin Industrial Area
Keihin Industrial Area
Photo by Ken OHYAMA

Photo: Koyaguchi Elementary School
Koyaguchi Elementary School
Photo courtesy of Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture

Photo: Hiroshima Naka Incineration Plant
Hiroshima Naka Incineration PlantYoshio Taniguchi
Photo by Toshiharu Kitajima

Photo: Onagawa Station and Yupo’po
Onagawa Station and Yupo’po
Photo courtesy of Onagawa Town

Photo: Nagaoka City Hall Aore
Nagaoka City Hall AoreKengo Kuma
Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Photo: The Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project
The Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project
Photo by Takuya Omura

Photo: Hakusui Dam
Hakusui Dam

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