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.
Throughout the ages there are some athletes so accomplished they transcend their sport and establish records considered so substantial that they are considered unbreakable. Futabayama (1912-1968) is one of these.
The scene on the deck of the USS Missouri at the signing of the Instrument of Surrender, when Japan formally yielded to the Allied forces on 2 September 1945, is a familiar scene to many, especially older generations around the world.
Kuma is the architect of the New National Stadium built for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. An ardent proponent of reinterpreting traditional Japanese construction methods, Kuma is known for his use of timber, which the Olympic Stadium uses on a colossal scale.
Ito began his career in Kiyonori Kikutake architectural practice, and he has employed younger leading architects Kuzuo Seijima and Ryue Nishizawa, who together created the SANAA architectural firm, and Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, who together established the Klein Dytham practice in Tokyo.
Although born in Manchuria, Akiyoshi (1929 - present) moved with her family back to Beppu after the cessation of hostilities in 1945. She was introduced to Jazz by a local collector and began her career as a jazz pianist playing to American troops stationed in the city.
Tanso Hirose (1782 - 1856) was a Confucian scholar, teacher and writer of Chinese poetry. The eldest son born in Hita to a wealthy merchant family, Tanso, as he is commonly referred to, was, according to accounts, a bright and diligent student.
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.
Muira Baien (1723-1789), born into the family of a physician, spent most of his life in a small village in central Kunisaki and followed his father in also becoming a physician. A prolific thinker, Baien also became a philosopher, scientist and astronomer whose fame spread throughout Edo Japan.
A contemporary of Mamoru Shigemitsu, Korechi Anan (1887-1945), who was born in Taketa, was a military man throughout his adult life and rose to the rank of general in the Japanese Imperial Army before finally being appointed War Minister in the Japanese cabinet towards the end of the Second World...
This lovely, cosy museum in park setting is dedicated to local son Fumio Asakura, who is regarded as Japan’s leading exponent of natural-realism western-style sculpture, so much so he is sometimes likened to Rodin.
Baien-no-Sato is a small, onsen hot spring resort atop a hill in the centre of the Kunisaki Peninsula. It also has the additional and very unusual attraction for a hotel of a 65cm reflecting telescope used for star gazing into our Universe and far beyond into deep space.
Kuryu began his career with Fumihiko Maki’s before establishing his own architectural practice. His works include the Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum in Toyooka, Japan; Byodoin Hosho-kan Museum in Kyoto; and the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.