I love Japan. It’s pretty easy to love Japan – between the low crime rates, organic food options, and healthy standard of living, Japan is full of things to love.
1. The Reversible Destiny Lofts House in Mitaka (Tokyo, Japan)
And, as much as I complained about my tiny apartment in Tokyo (I mean really, it was tiny), I do kind of like Japanese architecture. My fiancé’s younger sister (ironically only five days younger than me) is in school to be an architect; every time I visit his parents’ house, she has a new design up in her room (I have to sleep in her room since my fiancé and I can’t share a room in his house before marriage).
The designs are pretty cool.
And don’t even get me started on the colors.
The longer I spent in Tokyo, the more pictures I took of Japanese buildings. I have some chic buildings, some traditional buildings, some ‘convenient’ buildings, and (my personal favorite), some COLORFUL buildings.
This building, the Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka is close to International Christian University, where I did one year abroad. I would pass this building every time I went to the store. It was supposed to be built in honor of Helen Keller and the lofts are used as residential, educational, and cultural facilities (whatever that means).
So basically, this is the coolest apartment in Japan. And way outside of my price range.
2. The “Orange House” in Koganei (Tokyo, Japan)
This house, the “Orange House” was an apartment near, well, my apartment. It was on the Kichijoji side of International Christian University (if that means anything to you).
All things considered, it was a pretty awesome building. I’m not sure why it was so brightly painted – nor why it was called “Orange House” when it was basically every color under the rainbow EXCEPT for Orange but… well… It’s Japan.
3. The Colorful Window Building in Odaiba (Tokyo, Japan)
I saw this building on a train to the Odaiba beach. My friend and I had just dashed across Tokyo Station, looking for the monorail to Odaiba beach, because we wanted to see the sun set over Rainbow Bridge on Odaiba beach.
When we finally made it to the monorail (right before the doors closed), we dove in and grabbed seats. I was almost too tired to appreciate the view. Then I saw this building and snapped a shot.
I would love to work in an office building like that!
4. The Colorful Seamstress House in Kichijoji (Tokyo, Japan)
Surely I’m missing some fabulously colorful houses in Tokyo. After all, I was only in the city for about 13 months. I also only started taking pictures of colorful houses during my last couple months.
If you have any other pictures of exotic and colorful houses, please send them to me so I can add them to this list (and I can always link back to your own blog).
PS – if you want to use any of these pictures for a project, feel free to. I ask that you link back to my blog if you use photos, though.
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