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Japanophiles - Azby Brown

This month, we present a special talk-show series called Japanophiles, featuring lively interviews with foreigners living in Japan. Making skillful use of small spaces, Japanese architecture unites beauty and functionality. And American architect Azby Brown is at the vanguard of sharing Japanese people's distinctive design philosophies with the world. Brown's studies are not limited to simply architecture. They also delve into the lifestyle of Japan's Edo period, 200 or 300 years ago. Azby Brown was born in 1956 in New Orleans, and he went on to study architecture at Yale University. He came to Japan for the first time in 1983 and ultimately spent three years observing the restoration of a 1,300-year-old temple. In 2010, Brown started an NPO devoted to sharing Japanese culture with Africa. He uses recycled materials to make traditional Japanese ovens that have proven useful in many African villages.

Today, we look into the special appeal of Japanese architecture, and what it has to offer the future of lifestyle design, through the eyes of Azby Brown.