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World Lighting Journey Review

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World Lighting Journey 2019  Annual Report, A chief interview 2020.02.26  Erina Hosono We interviewed Shomei Tanteidan Leader Mr. Mende this year again as an annual round up to our weekly World Lighting Journey postings in 2019 to the Shome…

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Night Watching Tour in Oouchijuku

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Night Watching Tour:Oouchijuku Let’s go look at lights on the snow-scape! 2020.02.08- 2020.02.09 Namiko Watanabe + Noriko Higashi In search for a festival of lights in Japan, we headed to the Winter festival at Oouchijuku. Our 19 members he…

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Global Lighting Survey: Tsukuda/ Tsukishima, Tokyo

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Tokyo Survey: Tsukuda / Tsukishima 2019.11.18  Kyoko Takubo+Yuichi Anzai+Namiko Watanabe An overview of Tsukishima. In contrast to the bright large city buildings, the small alleys and storefronts don’t leak much light Tsukuda is an fisherm…

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Vol.058- The Generation Gap between Mr. Mende and Me

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Interviewer: Namiko Watanabe Watanabe:In terms of human interaction, I would like to talk about the generation gap between you and me, today. You and I have a lot in common and sometimes I even feel that our sense of value is similar. Mende…

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Vol.82 – Learning Lighting Design from Cinematography Part 2 “Tokyo Story”

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In the warm family picture painted by Yasujiro Ozu there are two types of natural light;  glaring, bright sunlight and the incandescent lamp, symbolic of a cozy family.  In the film, daytime scenes always seem very carefully calcu…

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Vol.81 – Learning Lighting Design from Cinematography Part 1 “Diva”

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I ran across a manuscript from a series published in Housing Magazine 25 years ago.  There was no magazine title or published date, but for the series titled “From Screen/ I want to copy this interior design!”  I used to analyze…

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Who are the Lighting Detectives?
A research group established in 1990 by Lighting designer, Kaoru Mende and 5 other designers, and dedicated to the study of lighting culture through the observation and surveying of urban light environments in Japan and throughout the world.