Showing posts with label jerde. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jerde. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vacation 2011 Day 1: Kokura

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After exploring Yahata it was time to head to Fukuoka, but first I spent a quick hour revisiting Kokura. Around the castle moat the cherry blossoms were out so I was able to have a little ohanami before leaving the country.

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Below the castle is a branch of Yasaka shrine, and as I have a keen interest in komainu I couldnt resist taking some snaps.

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In front of the castle was a small Inari shrine and several buddhist statues clad in gaily colored bibs with offerings of fresh flowers.... the late afternoon sun and shadows made for good pictures.

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The main reason to revisit Kokura was to check out Riverwalk, the complex designed by Jerde. Ive posted about it before, but at a different time of the year and a different time of the day, and a new lens, it was possible to take some new shots.

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And finally, walking across the river back towards the station the pleasure boats lined up to have their picture taken....

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Canal City (inside)

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I must admit I do like the architecture of Canal City in Fukuoka. It is easy to see the influence of the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau on the design.

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Designed by American architect Jon Jerde who also designed the Riverwalk complex in nearby Kokura and the Namba Parks complex in Osaka.

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The name Canal City derives from a pool of water that snakes along the interior of the canyonlike interior.

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There are several fountains and an area for performances.

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I was here a few days ago and there was some type of market going on.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Canal City (outside)

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I post a lot on shrines, temples, and churches, but far more important to many contemporary Japanese are Cathedrals to Consumption!

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Canal City in Hakata is one.

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There are hotels, entertainment complex, restaurants, and more than 200 retail establishments.

But not one single place to buy a battery for my camera!!

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It was designed by the Jerde Partnership who focus on creating "spaces" for people to meet rather than buildings per se. They are currently redesigning my hometowns city centre (Coventry)

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Drawing inspiration from the canyonlands of the American Southwest, that is more apparent from the photos shot inside which I will post later.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Riverwalk at night.

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A final look at the Riverwalk complex in Kokura, Kitakyushu.

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More details can be found in the previous posts

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For those of you who don't know Kokura, nowadays it has been merged into Kitakyushu.

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It was the secondary target for the first atom bomb, but good weather over the primary target, Hiroshima, spared it.

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It was the primary target for the second atom bomb, but bad weather meant the secondary target, Nagasaki, was chosen.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Inside Riverwalk

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Some shots from inside the Riverwalk complex in Kokura.

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For details see yesterdays post.

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I recently learned that the Jerde Partnership that designed this complex have designed a new city centre for my hometown of Coventry. Could be interesting.

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