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.

In accordance with the Conservancy’s stated member benefits, members at the Benefactor ($500) level and above will receive advance access to this limited-availability event. With demand expected to be high, a lottery system will be used for registration if there are more people who wish to register than there are spaces available. Members at the Benefactor level and above will receive advance registration information later in October.

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

Posted on October 3, 2017

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