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Church of the Light by Tadao Ando 

Two students in my lab also like taking pictures and they proposed that we should take a day trip together, making photos and just in general enjoying ourselves. (This was in February already. Time is flying!) We thought it would be a grand idea if we went to Osaka together, the city next to Kyoto with which it forms one of the most populated metropolitan areas on the planet.

When we were discussing destinations in Osaka, I casually looked over my list of buildings that I still wanted to see and mentioned the Church of the Light by my old favorite Tadao Ando. I showed them some photos on the internet. They were immediately captured by the building and wanted to see it, too. Later, our PhD student complained jokingly that he had recommended the church to the students repeatedly and that they had always brushed him off, ignoring his suggestion. What can I say!

When we visited it, I liked the pristine atmosphere but I only became enamored with the building when I looked around a corner in one of the courtyards and found the place where the janitor keeps his stuff. I thought that was so charming. Apparently, the great master of concrete had deemed it unnecessary to include a shed or storage room in his plans.

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  1. Pingback: Big, silent, and childish | Alive in Kyoto

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