Notes from Osaka, Japan

During my recent trip to Osaka, I was fortunate to spend time with Genta and Ikushi from Truck Furniture. Our first stop was Nara Park (奈良公園, Nara Kōen), which is a public park located in the city of Nara, Japan. They told me it was a deer park and they weren’t joking – there are over 1,200 wild sika deer freely roaming around in the park.

In the afternoon, we made our way back to Truck Furniture. I haven’t been back here since my first visit in 2013 to photograph Tokuhiko Kise for my first book of Faculty Department. This place that Tok has built has continued to have a lasting impact on me; from the aesthetic and design of the furniture to the overall lifestyle and experience you get while being there (the showroom, furniture studios, and Tok’s home are all on the same block). I had a great time catching up with the Truck Furniture staff and I can’t wait to soon have some of their pieces in my home. 

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Some of the places we visited Osaka – Google Maps
More photographs from Japan here 

Photographed in March, 2016

 

Visiting Tsukiji Fish Market

On a recent trip to Japan, I spent a morning visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場, Tsukiji shijō) in Tokyo. In preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, I found out that the market will be moving to a new location later this year, which made this visit even more pressing.

In order to see the live auction, visitors line up as early as 4am to wait in line for a sixty person admittance. Instead of waiting in line, I got in around 5:30am and luckily managed to mosey my way deep into the market, getting a close-up look of the work that goes on nearby the auctions.

The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, between the Sumida River and the upmarket Ginza shopping district. ■

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Some of the places we visited Tokyo – Google Maps
More photographs from Japan here 

Photographed in March, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Judd, Thumb
Donald Judd’s Home Studio

I had the privilege to visit Donald Judd’s home and studio in New York. It was an incredible experience to be able to experience each floor of his house so intimately. Bought in 1968 for $68,000, the house is now preserved to look the way it did in 1994.

These photographs have been published in Cereal Magazine Volume 11 with an introduction by architect, John Pawson.

“I spent a great deal of time placing the art and a great deal of designing the renovation in accordance. Everything from the first was intended to be thoroughly considered and to be permanent.” Donald Judd, 1989

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Judd Foundation
Cereal Magazine