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Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Awaji Island, Himeji, Kanazawa, Naoshima (Setouchi Art Festival), Hiroshima, Fukuoka

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    Awaji Yumebutai - Tadao Ando

    Tadao Ando designed Westin Resort and garden complex.

    Awaji Island is connected to mainland Honshu via the Akashi Kaikyo bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Japan.
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    Yumbutai is is located on the hillside that was completely stripped for soil in order to make Kansai Airport (Renzo Piano designed airport built on fill in Osaka Bay). Ando's concrete landscape and gardens replaced the scarred hillside with a maze of pools, botanical gardens, amphitheaters, shops, restaurants, and what looks like a very nice and very expensive Westin Hotel. There is also an international conference center.

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    astronaught vent hoods
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    the best way to experience the building
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    fishing off an Ando
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    jelly fish (everywhere)
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The Takenaka Internship is granted yearly to one student each from the architecture schools of Yale, M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania. The Takenaka Corporation traces its history back more than four hundred years and this internship provides American students of architecture with a summer of valuable training at Japan's oldest architecture, engineering and construction firm. Based out of the Osaka design office, interns participate in various aspects of design and also accompany archite

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