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Leica Store Kyoto

Leica Store in Kyoto

Some retail experiences are better than others and the Leica Store in Kyoto takes this to a different level. The space is situated in a typical renovated 100 year-old two-story townhouse, a Machi-ya, in the Gion neighbourhood of Kyoto, Japan.

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Eikoh Hosoe: Kamaitachi

Eikoh Hosoe’s Kamaitachi was originally released in 1969. The book was a collaboration with Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of ankoku butoh dance. It documented their visit to a farming village in northern Japan and an improvisational performance made with local villagers, inspired by the legend of kamaitachi, a weasel-like demon who haunts rice fields and slashes people with a sickle.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto, The Last Supper: Acts of God

Hiroshi Sugimoto | The Last Supper: Acts of God

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s The Last Supper: Acts of God (1999/2012), is a five-panel photograph, more than 24 feet in length. The artist first created this work in 1999, from a life-size wax reproduction of Leonardo’s The Last Supper.

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January in Japan / Video by Scott Gold

Japan in January | Scott Gold

January in Japan is a project by director and photographer Scott Gold. He documents his travel through different parts of Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Yudanaka) in the winter. Japan is usually more celebrated for it Spring Sakura but it’s as beautiful and dreamy in January.

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Lamborghini Bosozoku: Morohoshi-san, the Underground Hero

Through the lens of Luke Huxham and his mini-documentary Underground Hero: Love To Hate Me, we take a look at the underground automotive culture reaped by some of Japan’s most dangerous drivers. The video features a lot of bikers on heavily modified Honda and Suzuki bikes, Lamborghini cars and Yakuzas in Tokyo’s Kabukicho district.

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Tokyo Architectural Tour | Part one

Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa © S. Jemai

Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa © S. Jemai

The Great Kantō earthquake of 1923 and the heavy bombing of WWII wrecked most of Tokyo’s older buildings. What survived was in most parts flattened by developers. Because of this, Tokyo’s current urban landscape is one of modern and contemporary architecture.

You’ll find here a selection of the city’s modern and contemporary architecture .READ MORE