Ban caught the attention of the architectural world through his innovative use of cardboard tubes in construction in creating temporary structures, which can be quickly and cheaply built – ideal in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Oita’s rich natural environment provides a wealth of produce and resources. Add in the locals’ creative talent and you have Oita Made, which brings the best of Oita’s foods, drinks modern, arts and crafts and their stories under one brand.
Step through the doorway of Kamoshika Shoten, in central Oita City, and it is apparent that the owner, Shinsaku Iwao, has a passion for the printed word and a knack of creating comfortable environments.
Born in Oita City, Isozaki, who initially worked with Kisho Kurokawa under Japan’s greatest post-war architect Kenzo Tange, is one of Japan’s celebrated architects with work around the world including: the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue in Los Angeles; Sports Hall for the Summer 1992 Olympics in Barcelona;...
Famous throughout Japan, Takasakiyama for is a reserve for wild Japanese macaques. The dominant monkey’s personalities and the dynamics of the troops they lead make national news. So, not surprisingly, it is one of Oita’s most popular destinations that is especially busy during holidays and on the weekend.
Uchii began his career in the offices of the influential architect Kiyonori Kikutake. Most of his work is found in Tokyo including the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo, a private residence at the Imperial Palace, and Moto Azabu Hills Forest Tower.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup held in Japan is widely regarded as a great success both as a sporting event and introduction to Japan. Even the cancellation of some matches caused by Typhoon Hagibis failed to dampen the exuberance.
The Rugby World Cup comes to Japan in 2019, the first time in the history of the sport that the event has been held in Asia. Between 20th September and 2nd November 2019, 20 international teams compete over 48 matches in 12 host cities, including Oita.
The Oita International Wheelchair Marathon, which began in 1981 in commemoration of the International Year of the Disabled, is a top international event and the first of its kind for competitors only using wheelchairs.
The seat of the Oita’s Prefectural Government and its economic powerhouse. Oita is the birth place of Arata Isozaki, one of Japan’s top architects and the winner of the 2019 Pritzker Prize. The Oita Prefectural Library, an early work of his, has been refashioned as an art gallery.
Kurokawa was a contemporary of Arata Isozaki, work includes the Nakagin Capsule Hotel in Tokyo, Central Plaza 1 in Brisbane; Melbourne Central; Lane Crawford Place and Republic Plaza in Singapore; Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, New Wing of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; National Arts Center, Tokyo; Singapore...
Oita City has developed at the expense of its history and unfortunately little remains of its past as a samurai stronghold. The ramparts and moat of Funai-jo castle can still be found in the city centre but few of the buildings that once stood within its defences.
For an intimate European-style ambiance and menu head to Bar Ponte, which is found on the edge of Oita City’s Miyako-machi nightlife district. Almost all seating is along the wooden bar, stretching the length of this understated yet chic wine cafe.