I have bought the book “Contemporary Architecture in Japan”. On every second page I saw a building I know. Therefore I decided to write my won book. I used my blog. I didn’t visit Japan in 2011. Enough blogspace.
Japan has one problem: Not enough land for construction. There is only one way for city to grow; into the sky. Doing this there is another condition. The lots still have the ancient size. Sometimes this results in 10 story office buildings and parking lots with a ground plot of ony 30m^2. More about this topic you will find under “typical Japanese”. If there is a bigger lot available the built a big building, but not a boring one like in Germany. Japan seems to be a country for architects. Some buildings are real eyecatcher. And sometimes very complex buildings that are a city of there own.
The best in Japan is the night. Many buildings are illuminated at night. At day they are grey and uninspired but colorful at night. The best example is located in Mirai 21 in Yokohama. The building on the picture is the harbour pilot station.