Yusuhara: a living gallery of Kengo Kuma's architecture
Kengo Kuma is one of the most famous architects in Japan, who also designed the Japan National Stadium built for the Summer Olympics. He is known for his modern-Japanese style and use of wood.
But did you know that what inspired his current style is the town of Yusuhara? The Yusuhara-za theater from 1948 is said to have been his biggest inspiration
This small town located on the west side of Kochi has a long-time collaboration with Kengo Kuma, and you can see 6 elegant buildings he designed dotted throughout the town.
The Yusuhara Community Library is a must-see! The inside of the spacious wooden building looks like an upside-down forest, glowing with warm lighting and the view of the mountains from the large windows. They have comfy sofas, free Wi-Fi, a café space, and even a bouldering wall!