Hanami – through a Frank Lloyd Wright Window

The general term for flower (hana) in poetry referred to the cherry blossom. Its significance in Japan is due, in part, to its evanescent beauty, which resonates with the Buddhist ethos of life’s illusory nature. The cherry tree blooms en masse during the spring, and its blossoms die within a week of their flowering, making their beauty both intense and short-lived. It is during this time that friends and family gather to take part in hanami, or “flower viewing …

From “Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints”, https://www.nortonsimon.org/

Yasui Tenjinyama hanami, Hiroshige (1834)

Organic meets geometric

Venerated cherry blossoms are framed by the geometric window forms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Jiyu Gakuen Girls’ School in Tokyo, Japan.  Along with Yodokō Guest House in Ashiya, the school is the only other example of Wright’s work in Japan to completely retain its original appearance.  Wright’s unique perspective is evidenced in the finishes and fixtures designed for this commission.

Jiyu Gakuen School Myonichikan, the “House of Tomorrow,” is the original building complex of Jiyu Gakuen, designed by American architect Frank Lloyd WrightJiyu means ‘freedom’, and gakuen is ‘school’.

Arata Endo, working as an assistant for Wright’s project constructing the Imperial Hotel, introduced Wright to his acquaintances, husband and wife Yoshikazu and Motoko Hani, who founded Jiyu Gakuen.

Source: Jiyu Gakuen Girls' School, Wikipedia

The Hanami series of unglazed stoneware mosaic series, named for this featured organic flower shape, also includes geometric patterns of hexagon, chevron and bar shapes. A set of six patterns in three rangy shades each of warm (earth) or cool (wind) color gradations provide designers a versatile system for creating a natural, harmonious ambiance from virtually any surface in your project.

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