Travel Plans: The big item this winter is a trip to Japan during President’s Day week. We are visiting clients in Tokyo–an amazing city for new architecture–but will also see the sights in Kyoto and visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura.
Tokyo is an amazing city for exciting new architecture. The ethereal all-glass building is Shibaura House, the recently opened headquarters of a printing company, designed by Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA. Photograph: Iwan Baan
Although visiting the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillon) of the Rokuon-ji (Deer Garden Temple) in Kyoto is–like viewing the cherry blossoms–something of a tourist cliche, it is nevertheless a sublime experience. The gilded pavilion is especially beautiful in the snow, as here, and that’s how we hope to see it in February.
Another famous attraction we’ll be visiting, and hoping to view in the snow, is the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Kamakura, a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha dating from 1252.
Book Shelf: Winter is always a time for a lot of reading. Titles on my list include Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, Ai Weiwei: Architecture by Caroline Klein, and Ivetha: An Airedale’s Compendium by Bradd Allen Saunders.
On Screen: Of course, it’s the season for lots of movie going, too. A couple of movies I’ll be catching up on soon are David Fincher’s suitably wintery The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
Hot Tub: Along with daily morning yoga practice, fighting the cold includes long hot baths using Kneipp Spruce & Pine Warmth & Energy Bath. Strongly recommended.