Photo by Courtesy of Yodogawa Steel Works, Ltd.

The Great Living Creative Spirit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Japan, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s first tour of Japan since a small board-only retreat in 2000, 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).

In accordance with the Conservancy’s stated member benefits, members at the Benefactor ($500) level and above received advance access to register. A limited number of spaces are still available, and all Conservancy members are invited to pre-register. To provide members a fair opportunity to attend, we will use a lottery system if more members pre-register than there are spaces left available. From now until Sunday, Nov. 5 (at 11:55 p.m. central time), pre-registration is open online. At the end of the pre-registration period, a lottery will be held to select registrants. Each selected registrant may also register one spouse or partner (the spouse or partner does not also have to be selected in the lottery). Notification will be made beginning Nov. 6 if you are selected to register.

Download the full tour itinerary

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

Meguro St. Anselm's Church by Antonin Raymond

St. Mary's Cathedral by Kenzo Tange

New Karuizawa Studio by Antonin Raymond
Photo by Koichi Mori

Naoshima Island museum by Tadao Ando

Chichu Art Museum by Tadao Ando on Naoshima Island

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

Posted on October 3, 2017

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