Toyota City Stadium

This is part of a boxed set, Three Buildings by Kisho Kurokawa that I completed in 2003 for Edizioni Press in New York. My schooling in philosophy and my 15 years in Japan interviewing intellectually curious and eloquent creators like Kenya Hara and Tadanori Yokoo prepared me well for my interactions with Kisho Kurokawa and his philosophy of symbiosis in architecture. “In considering the architecture o the street, Kurokawa has pointed out that eastern festivals are processions, rather than mass gatherings, and they necessitate a public street where the people can commingle, rather than a square where they can congregate. Japanese festival-goers experience a natural “high” from the experience of moving with a crowd in one direction, with a single purpose. This heightened consciousness allows large groups of individuals to hoist massive portable shrines, towering wooden structures, and carry them for great distances, often losing all sense of time. … By making the sidewalk broader than the auto corridor of the bridge, the architects created the potential for a procession, or a festival. The lively approach to the stadium on foot, with the crowd jostling together, culminates in an enjoyable event, whether a soccer game or a concert, which is experienced with this same, once disparate crowd.”