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The Great Living Creative Spirit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan


November 11-22, 2018

The Great Living Creative Spirit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s first major tour of Japan, will take place Nov. 11-22, 2018.

The main tour, which runs from Nov. 11-20 and is limited to 27 attendees, will cover a broad portion of Japan, beginning in Tokyo and ending with the art-filled islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima near Okayama in western Japan. The latter visits underscore that the Conservancy’s specially curated itinerary will focus on modern architecture over more traditional sites, and stand apart from other Wright-themed tours in Japan. Alongside Wright’s extant buildings and fragments in the country, attendees will view the modern work of Arata Endo, Antonin Raymond, Le Corbusier, Tadao Ando, Kenzo Tange, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma and more. The tour is curated and led by Tokyo-based Wright experts KiSMet Productions. Its principals, Karen Severns and Koichi Mori, are active documenters of Japan’s architectural heritage, having curated exhibitions, coordinated dozens of seminars and specialty tours, and directed the film Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan.

An optional three-night extension tour of Kyoto, limited to 12, runs from Nov. 20-22 and features traditional palaces, temples and shrines.

Read the full trip itinerary, costs and details to carefully consider before registering (pdf).

All reservations have been filled for this tour. Email us at preservation {at} to be added to the wait list.

Wright's reconstructed Imperial Hotel lobby at The Museum Meiji-Mura
Photo by Koichi Mori

Yamamura House (Wright, 1918) in Ashiya, Japan.
Photo courtesy of Yodogawa Steel Works, Ltd.

Tearoom at Wright's Myonichikan
Photo by Koichi Mori

Old Imperial Bar at the Imperial Hotel

Koshien Hotel by Arata Endo
Photo by Koichi Mori

St. Mary's Cathedral by Kenzo Tange

Meguro St. Anselm's Church by Antonin Raymond

New Karuizawa Studio by Antonin Raymond
Photo by Koichi Mori

Chichu Art Museum by Tadao Ando on Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island museum by Tadao Ando

Museum on Naoshima Island

Teshima Museum by Pritzker Prize winner Ryue Nishizawa

Korakuen Garden in Okayama
Photo by Koichi Mori

The Gion district in Kyoto

Out and About Wright: Dallas

Dallas, Texas

May 3-5, 2019

Save the date for the Conservancy’s annual spring Out and About Wright touring event, based in Dallas, Texas, with a special advocacy-focused visit to the Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater and tours of private houses and museums by world-renowned architects.

More details to come. Registration will begin in January, 2019.

Kalita Humphreys Theater
Photo by Andrew Pielage