Hiroshima is home to two World Heritage Sites, the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima Island. Other buildings of architectural significance can be found in, and around, the city. Tokyo-based architect James Lambiasi explores the history of Hiroshima-and the nearby areas of Onomichi and Iwakuni-through iconic architectural sites, as well as simple, old dwellings.
1-1, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 829-44-2020
Kintaikyo Bridge Department, Iwakuni City
1-14-51, Imazu-machi, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 827-29-5107
Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
4-42, Nobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 82-221-0621
5-11, Nishigosho-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 848-21-0550
10-6, Yagenbori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 82-248-1776 *Japanese only
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
1-2-1, Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 82-569-6803
Tel: +81-(0) 82-230-5537 *Japanese only
Onomichi Guest House Miharashi-tei
15-7, Higashi Tsuchido-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 848-23-3864
Traveler: James Lambiasi > More Info
Length of residence in Japan:24 years
Reason:It is a great privilege to work as an architect in Japan, as I have been able to learn from the highly sophisticated design sense here, as well discover the deep appreciation for craft that goes into construction.
Working as an architect, travel has always been an essential way for me to explore new design. Every journey is an exploration of new ideas, which can be found in historic and new structures alike. Equally inspiring as the amazing buildings, it is the people who build and maintain them, making each visit truly memorable. My travels took me to Hiroshima, Iwakuni, and Onomichi, where I encountered a broad range of buildings representing the diligent craftsmanship and the ingenuity of Japanese architecture.
My visit to Iwakuni allowed me to experience firsthand the beautifully arching Kintaikyo Bridge. Not only elegant in form, but one truly respects the technological achievements of the past when observing this complex feat of engineering. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial demonstrates the solemn and important respect for tragedy in the past, while from the viewing deck of the new structure next to it, vision to a bright future is palpable. The town of Onomichi holds countless discoveries, where devoted local citizens and businesses show great ingenuity in giving new life to historic buildings that are re-energizing the community.
These are just some highlights of this journey in a very special part of Japan. Please join me as we discover this and so much more in and around Hiroshima!