A cross-cultural migration of imported Western modernism pervaded the fields of Japanese architecture during the Taishō (1912-26) and the early Shōwa (1926-45) periods. Young Japanese architects, inspired by modern architectural trends from Europe through the distribution of publications and by word of mouth, passionately discussed embracing these new possibilities for modern Japanese architecture. In terms of Japanese housing in the late 1920s, the majority of houses in Japan still utilized the traditional Japanese style of living. However, the trend of infusing both Japanese and Western culture became more popular, and a hybrid of Western-Japanese architectural approach to all styles of architecture became a compelling alternative in the Japanese metropolis, Tokyo.
Through a close investigation of artist Migishi Kōtarō (1903-34)’s atelier in Tokyo (1934), Dr. Suzie Kim will discuss modern architectural practices of Japanese architect and former Bauhausler Yamawaki Iwao (1898 – 1987), who sought to advance Japanese housing style based on his study at the Dessau Bauhaus between 1930 and 1932, and searched for a synthesis between geometric forms, straightforward structures, reinforced concrete, and the traditional Japanese construction methods.
The JICC Seasonal Art Lecture Series from Emerging Scholars featuring a quarterly ‘Scholar Spotlight’ focuses on new research into the Fine Arts of Japan from rising scholars in the field of Japanese art. This series provides the public with new ideas and research on a wide variety of disciplines and art objects from the ancient to the contemporary, and encourages audience engagement with the research topics.
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