October 24, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles

The JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Windowology exhibition on Oct. 16, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles)
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JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Unveils New Exhibition: “Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan”

Exhibition Marks First for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Since Pandemic Closure; Featuring Windows & Their Unique Perspectives on the World

The Window Research Institute is proud to announce the launch of its newest exhibition, “Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan” at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, a Japanese cultural destination in the heart of Hollywood. Developed prior to the pandemic but extraordinarily pertinent now, Windowology examines the role of windows as cultural objects and the ways in which they frame our vision and give unique perspectives on the world. Windowology is a touring exhibition and is also to be held in JAPAN HOUSE Sao Paulo and London.

On October 24, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles launched a virtual/online experience with a navigable 3D virtual tour and exclusive video content about the exhibition from director Igarashi Tarō. Once the physical gallery reopens to the public on a later date, guests will be able to visit Windowology and immerse themselves in the gallery experience at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

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The exhibit is a multidisciplinary research project conducted by the Window Research Institute, a Tokyo-based foundation dedicated to the development of architectural culture. Curated under the direction of architectural historian and critic Igarashi Tarō, the exhibition features architectural models, drawings, photographs, film, manga, books, crafts, environmental statistics/information and quotes, as well as original artwork by renowned installation and performance artist, Tsuda Michiko.

Based on a 2017 Tokyo exhibition that celebrated the Windowologyʼs 10th anniversary, this touring exhibition was redesigned for an international audience with the specific intention of conveying the fascination with windows that has existed in Japanese architecture from the past to present day.

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“Windows are one of the most important elements in architecture. They function to connect the outside and inside worlds, opening and closing as required,” said Igarashi Tarō.

“During times of crisis, windows reveal much about culture and humanity. As we restrict our activities and stay in our homes for longer spans of time, we spend many more hours in front of the ʻwindowsʼ of the new era such as our personal computing devices, which offer hope in an alternative state of connectivity. But actual windows also have played a unique role during this crisis in ways that often express the richness of the worldʼs diverse cultures, such as singing opera to each other across balconies in Italy and sharing messages of gratitude with medical workers through windows,” continued Igarashi Tarō.

“We are thrilled to launch the second major exhibition this year first in the form of a virtual online tour followed by an onsite gallery exhibition at a later time. We, like the rest of the world, have watched the role windows play in connecting us with our neighbors. They allow us to see the world outside, as well as the world inside,” said Kaifu Yuko, president, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles. “Windowology gives visitors a glimpse into the unique purpose of windows in Japanese culture. We hope this exhibition inspires people to take a deeper look at the many ways windows impact their lives.”

The Windowology exhibition explores 10 themes: Windows on Art, Windows on Craft, Windows on the Environment, Windows on Stories, Windows on Film, Windows on Manga, Windows on the Teahouse, Windows on How We Live Now, Windows on Motion, and Windows on Words.

Windowology exhibition-related events are scheduled for November and December, and will be announced via the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles website, newsletter and social channels.

The opening day of the physical gallery at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will be announced on a later date, following guidance by the local government and the local health department.

*Japanese names in this exhibition are written in the traditional Japanese order, with the family name first and personal name last.

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Planning & Supervision
Window Research Institute
Special Assistance
Yōsuitei Preservation Society, Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum, Horiguchi Sutemi Archives
Exhibition Director
Igarashi Tarō
Exhibition Assistant
Shibata Naomi
Nishizawa Tezzo, Sato Kumaya (Tezzo Nishizawa Architects)
Graphic Designers
Okamoto Ken, Konno Tatsuya (Ken Okamoto Design Office)
Project Manager
Komiyama Yoh
Exhibition Production
Public Relations
Koike Miki, Aizawa Mie (HOW)
Windows on Art
Installation: Tsuda Michiko, Software Development: Ito Yuya
Windows on Craft
Research: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Windows on the Environment
Research: Kodama Yuichiro + Naoshi Kaneko Laboratory, University of Shiga Prefecture
Windows on Motion
Research: Komiyama Yoh, Film: Okazaki Tomohiro, Sound Recording & Analysis: Onodera Yui, Matsuo Kenjiro (invisible designs lab)
Windows on Stories
Research: Hara Hiroshi + Taro Igarashi Laboratory, Tohoku University, Illustrations: Shinano Hattaro
Windows on the Teahouse
Design: Tezzo Nishizawa Architects + Ken Okamoto Design Office, Production: TOKYO STUDIO, Photographer: Ota Takumi, Film: qomunelab
Windows on Words
Research: Taro Igarashi Laboratory, Tohoku University
Windows on Manga
Research: Taro Igarashi Laboratory, Tohoku University
Windows on Film
Research (films): Norihito Nakatani Seminar, Waseda University + Seo Kenji
Windows on How We Live Now
Photography: Jérémie Souteyrat
Igarashi Tarō
Shibata Naomi
Machida Gen
Web direction
Hagiwara Shunya 
Web Design
Numata Maya
Web Programming
Miura Saori 
Web Editing
Onishi Moe