August 2015 leads us to the end of an era: the Hotel Okura will close by the end of this month. Calling the Okura a hotel is almost belittling it. The Okura is a symbol (of its time), a monument (to its visitors) and a museum (of its country). In fact its decoration is an encyclopedia of…

An unpopular and uncertain Olympic stadium, a bad-buzzing post-candidacy logo,… for now the only completed pre-2020 preliminary has been the demolishing of the 1958-openend National Olympic Stadium by Mitsuo Katayama.