When I take pictures of Japanese architecture I am not looking for a beautiful street scene. I see grids, textures, layers of material on top of each other sometimes forming a messy patchwork and sometimes beautifully curated. All have function, to guide and tell you where to look or what to do. 


Japanese architecture is two dimensional, like a flat printed cardboard model you fold into a box - origami. It is private, mostly without arrogance, sometimes fun, efficient in space use and like much of Japanese culture it is rich in symbolism.