A lot of end-of-the-year top ten lists are around these days. The architecture and design magazine Dezeen features plentiful of them: top 10 gadgets, top 10 architecture quotes, the 10 most popular Instagram images, top 10 staircases, top 10 cycling designs, top 10 design installations, … Japan and Tokyo are of course amongst a lot…

Since the scrapping of Zaha Hadid’s bike-helmet-shaped stadium, the speculations about the new design have been kept down by absolute secrecy. Rumour had it that only Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma were able to successfully associate themselves with developers able to correspond to the strict requirements of the new tender criteria. The Japan Sport Council…

The illustrations of the 22-year old artist Daisuke Tajima are staggering in many ways. The strong bird’s eye perspectives are both sober and spectacular. The size of most drawings is impressive, often spread over several canvases. The illustrations are hand-drawn in ink, a slow process that results in production times ranging from three weeks of up to several months. The dramatic…

Either as “subjective guide” or “mythic field manual” to Tokyo, what’s certain is that Tokyo Totem promises to be quite unique. With 46 authors (among whose there is also MIRU’s Thekla Boven) and its Tokyo 2020 emblem-worthy cover, the book will officially be released this Friday, October 30, with an exhibition at Jingumae’s Ultrasupernew Gallery.…

In contemporary to the publication of PLOT 07 Kazuyo Sejima, Tokyo’s GA gallery presents a solo exhibition dedicated to the architect, displaying a large number of study models, mock-ups and material samples. Venue: GA Gallery (3-12-14, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051) 1F Schedule: Saturday, 19th September — Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015 / 12:00-18:30 Entrance fee: ¥600

Jérémie Souteyrat is a French freelance photographer, based in Tokyo since 2009. His trilingual book tokyo no ie (2014), documents Tokyo’s contemporary residences by means of photography. MIRU had five questions to ask to the charming Mr. Souteyrat: 1. How did you choose the 54 private houses for your book? Did you restrict your choice? Adopt…

100% Japan, and not less: the September issue of Air France Magazine dedicates itself wholeheartedly to the Nipponic archipelago. Covering a wide range of cultural subjects, the Hotel Okura is said good-bye by the food critic François Simon and a conversation with Kazuyo Sejima focuses on her Inujima Art House Project. Sejima has been interviewed by MIRU’s very own Andreas Kofler and…

Twenty years after its original publication, the long-awaited Japanese translation of Rem Koolhaas’ S,M,L,XL (Monacelli Press, 1995) has been released as S,M,L,XL+ (Chikuma Shobo, 2015). As it has already been the case for the Japanese edition of Koolhaas’ Delirious New York, this even more weighty volume has been compressed – from 1,376 to 386 pages – to fit a paperback edition, and only occasionally…