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Reflections of Japan.

Reflections of Japan.

By: D. Momanaee
Photos: Trevor Hacker

Last spring, our own Trevor Hacker traveled across the Pacific to experience art and life in Japan. Armed with his camera, he explored the landscape, architecture and food from Kagawa to Niigata, illuminating the ancient traditions and enlightened modern constructs that are a way of life in the land of the rising sun. Through his lens, we catch a glimpse of how art and life, old and new, come together to create a uniquely inspiring daily life in Japan.

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, outside of Meiji-jingumae station, Tokyo

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, outside of Meiji-jingumae station, Tokyo

A huge mirrored entrance makes quite the impression on visitors and shoppers alike, breaking up their likeness across a unique three-dimensional space and reflecting the kaleidoscopic nature of the streets of Tokyo. Just as in a museum, the sparseness and the curated selection of products on display in shopping centers make for a highly-refined shopping experience.

2016 Audi TT, Shibuya District, Tokyo

2016 Audi TT, Shibuya District, Tokyo

Always on the cutting edge of style and art, it is clear that someone in Japan’s fashion capital has a taste for German engineering. Annually, Audi sells roughly 30,000 vehicles in Japan.

Nezu Museum, Minato District, Tokyo

Nezu Museum, Minato District, Tokyo

The glass structure reflects the natural surroundings, bringing quiet harmony to the museum experience. An elegantly simple architectural choice allows nature to permeate the interior, blurring the line between inside and out.

Rice paddy, Echigo Province, Niigata

Rice paddy, Echigo Province, Niigata

This coastal province produces what many consider to be the finest rice in Japan. But before that rice can become sake, sushi or senbei (a type of popular rice cracker), it grows here between the mountains and the sea, where the moody weather and the clear quality of the atmosphere combine to bring out the green of the rice in the field.

Covered walkway at an outdoor market in Takamatsu, Kagawa

Covered walkway at an outdoor market in Takamatsu, Kagawa

For Trevor and other visitors to Japan, a culture of attention to detail awaits those who are mindful enough to appreciate the ornate, artistic moments in the context of everyday life.

Japanese pond in the gardens of the Nezu Museum, Tokyo

Japanese pond in the gardens of the Nezu Museum, Tokyo

A reverence for nature is prevalent throughout the country. Just outside the museum, the glass architecture gives way to a pond and botanical gardens, reflecting the yin and yang relationship between nature and art, inside and outside, and glass and water.

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Kaiseki-style multi-course dinner, Tokamachi, Niigata

Kaiseki-style multi-course dinner, Tokamachi, Niigata

Enjoyed in a stunningly rare art installation/visitor lodging, ornate meals like this are typical, yet they reflect the detail-oriented artistic craft of Japan. This house—which, on the inside, offers visitors a unique fine-art experience that contemplates light and space—is representative of the architecture in the area and recalls the design philosophy of "In Praise of Shadows," an aesthetic manifesto which has shaped modern Japanese tastes since its writing nearly a century ago.

Audi Forum, Harajuku District, Tokyo

Audi Forum, Harajuku District, Tokyo

Opened just months after the first-ever Audi R8 production car was revealed in 2006, the Audi Forum in Tokyo was crafted from steel and lots of glass as a triumph of architectural design. Although now closed, for a decade or so, "The Iceberg"—as it is called—featured the biggest four rings in the world, and its huge transparent elevator shaft and glass façade displayed Audi vehicles on the seven high-lofted floors of its unique asymmetrical space.

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