Shiratani Unsuikyo, the Forest that Inspired ‘Princess Mononoke’
Yakushima Island in southern Japan is a visual delight for lovers of nature and Studio Ghibli. Registered as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993, the island has a rare ecosystem with sacred trees which have been preserved for over 7000 years. Visitors to the island are likely to encounter many animals roaming free, such as macaques and deer.
According to an old island proverb, it rains 35 days a month in Yakushima. The natural environment owes its lush beauty to this humid and rainy climate. It was on this very plot of land that Miyazaki and his production team, beguiled by this somewhat idiosyncratic weather system, came to seek inspiration for the film Princess Mononoke. The place has since been nicknamed ‘Mononoke-hime no mori’, Japanese for ‘Princess Mononoke’s forest’. Anxious to preserve this unspoilt natural setting, Miyazaki has obstinately refused to let any museum be built there. He believes that the peace and quiet of this area must not be tarnished, because man is simply passing through, unlike nature, which has taken root.
Chiharu Shiota, Red Threads of the Soul
Last year, more than 660,000 people visited the retrospective 'Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles' exhibit at the Mori Art Museum.
LOVE2 HOUSE, Achieving Rich Living in Small Houses
After living in Tokyo for 10 years and relocating his office to Tokyo, architect Hosaka planned his second home, LOVE2 HOUSE.
A Japanese Escapade in the Heart of the Bay of the Somme
The 'Bruit de l'eau( ecolodge lets guests discover the Japanese culture and art of living, free from jetlag and in the heart of nature.
Sumographie, a Journey to the Land of Sumo Wrestlers
Very few people are authorised to enter the training rooms of sumo wrestlers, but David Prudhomme was lucky enough to have the opportunity.
A House Uniting Modernity with Okinawan Nature and Tradition
Atop a small hill in Nanjo City, Okinawa, there sits a large house with a concrete roof. It is the home-cum-office of Toshiyuki Igarashi.