Terunobu Fujimori’s Funny Dangerous Architectures

September 12th, 2011 by
Category: Culture Art, Sightseeing


I went to see Terunobu Fujimori’s three buildings near Lake Suwa.

One is Takasugi-an (which means “too high room”). This is a tea-ceremony room and it was selected as one of the top 10 most dangerous architectures in the world by Time Magazine (top 1 is the Leaning Tower of Pisa). The room is built on two 6-meter high chestnut trees.
I wanted to go inside but didn’t know how people can go in.

Flying Mud Ship

Another is “Flying Mud Ship”, which is also a tea-ceremony room. An interesting and good point is, this famous architecture is built on a green onion field of a local farmer, not on a concrete surface.

Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum

The other is Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum. Two trees are used as pillars and pumping out of its roof!

Fujimori was born in the Suwa area and was a professor at Tokyo Univ until last year. His designs are not only funny but also wonderful because they are made of natural materials like wood and stone and match with the natural surroundings. Its Google Map is here.

4 Responses to “Terunobu Fujimori’s Funny Dangerous Architectures

  1. Thanks for the info, Andy-san. I always wondered where these buildings were. Some of our guests have asked about Fujimori-san’s architecture before. Now I know!

  2. Tyler,
    It’s amazing some of your guests from abroad know hiw works.
    I definitely recommend you to visit there.

  3. Hi there, I’m a huge admirer of Fujimori’s work and currently traveling in Japan. Unfortunately we have left the Nagano region but I wondered if there’s any buildings I may be able to visit near Kyoto or Osaka? Thanks!

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