[Archi-Anime Anecdotes]: House for a Photographer

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Archi-Anime Anecdotes. Where I try to add back in the architectural side of my life to the blog in a non-anime related post.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a spectacularly long time; and I’m trying to clean-up the drafts (but believe me they just keep piling!)

I think at this point it’s safe to say my architectural likes are also japanese influenced. So today, I want to share a home that stood out to me when I had been perusing Archdaily awhile ago.

Original Article:

House for a Photographer / FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

©Yoshihiro Asada via ArchDaily


Due to copyright stuff, I won’t be posting a ton of images of this house, but you can check out the link above for the gallery.

I’d just like to point out what I really like about the design and the aesthetics.

Modern Japanese architecture can  usually be characterized by the minimalism in both materials and right lines and sharp angles. You won’t necessarily crazy out there designs in Japan because they focus more on the utility and efficiency of a space. They make the most of their small footprint and I really love that. I wish I could live a more minimalist lifestyle but alas, I really enjoy my ‘stuff’ (*cough* anime merch *cough*)

This makes me think of Wabi-sabi; a world view that was a reaction in the post 15 century that focused on the importance and acceptance of transience and/or imperfection. It is a reaction to the rich materials and lavish lifestyle that was prevalent in japanese culture.

This house features long linear hallways that serve as gallery spaces. And there are two types of spaces that really stand out to me: the white spaces and then the wooden spaces. The largest space (atelier) is definitely a workshop type area, and a place to host. Further into the house theres’s a gallery that gives off that pristine professional gallery feel, but as you move deeper into the house into the more personal intimate spaces, the material shifts to wood which gives an inviting warmth to the home. A definite contrast to the “photographer” space. I also like that the little workshop area is mixed materials of wood and white, since the workspace is where you organize your work and lay things out, it makes sense that materials for both creating a comfortable space while maintaining a professional space intermingles so well.

I also think that all the openings into spaces are well planned out and picturesque in that they frame what is beyond perfectly. The wide sliding door that opens to the outside is also a perfect backdrop as the linear gallery wall is what’s beyond. The hallway leading to the opening gallery space features a skylight that filters light down casting a very pretty effect on the wall behind. It seems that i really love straight lines and sharp angles; which is the opposite of what my thesis was about when I was in school.

I really enjoyed writing and analyzing what I loved about this particular project, and hope you guys did too. I’ll try to write more in this style for future posts, as I hope they are somewhat educational to my readers.

If there was any archi-speak that didn’t make sense please let me know, I’d be happy to indulge more on what I meant.

I also mentioned wabi sabi very briefly and would like to expand more on the aesthetics of japanese architecture and design just because it’s super interesting to me, so I guess you can be on the look out for those kinds of posts in the near future as well.

Till next time!

ANI-Reality: Sword Art Online S2

Yet another Sword Art Online blog post for the week! This comes from episode 25 of Season 2 of titled “Mother’s Rosario“.

Asuna is on a tour in Kyoto, there were a few places I’ve actually been to that Asuna went, but I just want to focus on this particular place.


Asuna and the gang are visiting Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

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Final Day of the Kyoto Trip


Our final day in Kyoto starte with Rain.  The entire time we’ve been here it’s been humid and hot with the temperature being 80-88F.  A classmate and I had planned to go to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.  It’s a pretty famous forest for the region, and boy was it worth it, even if it was raining.  It was stunningly beautiful! It’s not showing in this particular picture but, because the bamboo is so tall they start to bend, and there’s a moment that I had captured where the bamboo bent over the trail creating an arch very similar to Gothic Architecture’s arches.  My classmate had made the connection and I couldn’t agree more, especially with the lighting coming through the tops of the bamboo; totally enlightening.

She and I ended up having Matcha Green Tea in one of the tea houses on the mountain…hiked around and took tons of pictures, and ended up at another cafe just to kill time.  It was a crazy cool cafe that had once been a bath house, but was renovated to be a cafe.  All the remnants of the bathhouse still existed; shower heads, sinks, wading pools, it was one of the coolest cafe’s I’ve seen in a long time.

After that we hopped onto the JR Line back to Kyoto Station and met up with some classmates for dinner, then came back to the dorms in Ritsumeikan University, where we are temporarily staying.  

We’re heading back to Tokyo tomorrow, but first we’re going to have a Kobe Beef lunch in Kobe, coming back to Kyoto to see the International Manga Museum, then getting on the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo, to get ready for school Monday.

This “break” has been super busy, and super fun.  We may have been lied to about this being a vacation, but the last 2 days of free time were filled with tons of adventures, good food, and amazing memories.



It’s Day 2 of our Kyoto trip “break.”
I say “break” because even though our teacher say’s we’re on a “break” he’s having someone tour us around and give us an assignment, while our teacher gave us another assignment on top of that going into our break. :/

The difference between Tokyo and Kyoto are pretty clear. Tokyo is all about the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan city, whereas Kyoto is so much more slow paced, and surrounded by nature.  

The above picture is of “Kiyomizu Temple”  It’s not the best shot, as I’m super far away from it, but I just wanted to put an emphasis on the nature around it, and the fact that it’s built into the landscape. It was the most peaceful mindset I’d been in for awhile considering the stress of school and the amount of walking around we’ve been doing in Kyoto (my feet are killing me!)  A moment of serenity is a great way to end a temple tour.

As we were walking around and exploring Kyoto my friends and I ended up at a Sushi place. Kyoto sushi is much more different then that of Tokyo sushi as well (I’ll make a foodie posting later on), and as we were walking we also ran into a Geisha walking the streets of Gion (the original Geisha town)

The Japanese are really rooted in their tradition, it’s amazing. They also have a high-level respect of people in General.  It really makes a lot of us foreigners (from the US) question our lives in the US and how we treat one another.