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Vol.009 – Learning From Disney

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Interviewer: Motoyo Ogawa Mende Some kids just really love Disneyland. Ogawa Yes. I am one of them. Mende At what age did you start to really like Disney? Ogawa  I first went to Disneyland when I was in Kindergarten.  When I started element…

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Vol.008 – Waterscapes with Light

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Interviewer: Misuzu Nakamura Thme:Waterscapes with Light Nakamura Ok.  So, today I thought we could talk about waterscapes with light.  I just got back from a trip to survey the urban lightscape of Bangkok.   The scenery along the rivers an…

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Vol.007 – The role of a designer

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Interviewer: Momoko Muraoka Theme:The role of a designer Muraoka: Today I would like to talk about the role of a designer.  Of course, there is our regular work consulting on design projects, but also as lighting designers, we have helped l…

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Vol.006 – Architectural Lighting and Stage Lighting

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Interviewer: Genki Watanabe Theme: Architectural Lighting and Stage Lighting Watanabe: Today, I`d like to talk about “Architecture Lighting and Stage Lighting.”   At the university, I majored in stage lighting. Mende: What sparked your inte…

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Vol.005 – Disaster Area Lighting

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Theme: Disaster Area Lighting Interviewer: Yukiko Saito Saito I was born in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture, an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. I would like to talk today about “Disaster Area Lighting.” Mende Have y…

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Vol.004- The Bright future of Japan and China

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Interviewer: Chen Liwen Theme:The Bright future of Japan and China Mende So what is the theme today? Chen The bright future of Japan and China. Mende That’s a whopper! Chen, you are Chinese, so can you answer a few of my questions too? Chen…

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Vol.003 – The Herbivorous Younger Generation

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Interviewer: Mayumi Banno Theme:The Herbivorous Younger Generation Banno For a change, I`d like to talk about the younger generation today and their nickname as “herbivores” or “introverts.” Since I have been with LPA, I have had the opport…

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Vol.002 – My expectation for children workshop.

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Interviewer: Noriko Higashi Issued on November 30, 2011 Noriko :Before I started working at LPA, I taught English to children at elementary schools and at my home. I have always really liked working with children. Mr. Mende, how did you com…

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Vol.001 – Media Walls and Façade Lighting

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Theme: Media Walls and facade Lighting Interviewer: Kyoko Takubo Issued on October 31, 2011 Kyoko:Mr. Mende, today I have a problem and, if you don`t mind, I would like to ask for your advice. On a recent project, the client has requested a…

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Vol.000 – Coffee Break with Mende and Me

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Over a 13 year period I have written 76 Mende Notes. I tried, very diligently, to write one every month, but some things just don`t go as planned. So, now I donate this supposed “Note” writing time to a monthly hour and a half l…

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No.71 – Kasanji Hot Spring Fireworks Show

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There is a famous hot spring called Kasanji in Hamamatsu, Shizoka. By fate, I was invited to the Hotel Kokonoe, run by the Entetsu Group, to view the annual firework show the last weekend in July. The scene from the hotel is picturesque wit…

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No.70 – Official Visit to Meiji Shrine

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What God do I put my hands together for and pray to? Of course I’ve been to many shrines and temples, but also frequent many Christian churches and Muslim mosques while in foreign countries. I watch the worshipers there and pray as they pra…

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No.69 – Tama Art University Library

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Ever since the new library was finished I have wanted to go and see it, so 15 members of the Lighting Detectives gathered around dusk for the Tama Art U. campus version of a city walking tour. It is well known that the architect is Toyo Ito…

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No.68 – Meeting Important Friends by the Wayside

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Once every two years「Light & Building」, the world’s largest lighting trade fair, opens in Frankfurt and I always make a point of attending. This year was no different, as my fourth time to attend, along with five colligates from LPA; w…

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No.67 – AA School of Architecture Students

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It seems that there are quite a few people who are ruffled by the frequency, or rather infrequency, of the Lighting Detective Note. Since the start of the Lighting Detectives many of those that work close to me have pleaded and tried to per…

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No.66 – Ingo Maurer

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The first time I met Ingo Maurer was 20, maybe 25 years ago, I`m not quite certain, but I do remember that it was he who contacted me for a meeting. At that time I had ran a very successful essay, “ Poetic Sentiment and High Tech” in the ma…

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No.65 – Iwamuro Hot Spring Town Redevelopment Project

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Already it has been seven years since I started to teach in the Department of Scenography, Display, and Fashion Design at Musashino Art University. Of course, I am not only teaching my students about lighting design, but the third-year stud…

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No.64 – Zaha

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“Zaha”such a commanding name. You may have heard of this famous name belonging to one famous lady. My own name “Kaoru” has a more feminine ring to it and may be more fitting for a lady of such great accomplishment. M…

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No.63 – Thought I Might Design a Chandelier

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As an architectural lighting designer, I have always thought this profession was not about the form or shape of lighting fixtures, but have argued that lighting design is about the relationship between lighting and people. Japanese lighting…

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No.62 – Candle Night @ Omotesando Eco – Avenue

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This time each year I rely heavily on the Rain Gods not to forsake me. June 22nd, including summer and winter, I count this as the 7th time we have held the Candle Night Event and today’s weather forecast was rain. If it is just a sprinkle …