What Jerry Caldari Is Doing This Winter

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.

Shibaura Office in Tokyo, designed by Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA and photographed by Iwan Baan

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

Tama Art University New Library, Tokyo, by Toyo Ito & Associates

Another beautiful Tokyo building, the Tama Art University Hachioji Library, designed in 2007 by Toyo Ito & Associates. Photograph: Ishiguro Photographic Institute

The Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Kyoto, in winter

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.

The Great Buddha at Kamakura in snow, photo by Jeff Laitila, japanican.com

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.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Ai Weiwei Architecture by Caroline Klien

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 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

 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.

Kniepp Spruce & Pine Warmth & Energy Bath