Our group met at the front gates of the National Olympic Memorial Center at 7:15am this morning before meandering our way onto the overpass, across the train tracks, and through the local streets to Sangubashi station. Our first stop on today's expedition was to University of Tsukuba, one of Japan's oldest and best respected universities for science and social programs, including: architecture, engineering, and urban planning among others. Upon arrival, we were graciously welcomed by Dr. Murao Osamu whom provided an introduction to Japanese New Town planning of Tsukuba City followed by a cool video called ‘Tokyo Scanner’, that you can watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORc3gUhkwg4. 

After the lecture, Murao Sensei brought us on several well planned and interesting tours, including but not limited to: the Tsukuba International Congress Center, Takezono Nishi Elementary School by Hiroshi Hara + Atelier, Kasumi Research and Training Center by Michael Graves, Soft and Hairy House by Eisak Ushida & Kathryn Findlay, Matsushiro Apartments by Hidetoshi Ohno, and the Tsukuba Center Building Complex. Each building and site embodied various architectural styles and designs that made for interesting consideration of comparison and differences for reference. 

At the end of the walking tours, we were escorted back to Tsukuba University for an architecture trivia game followed by drinks and hors d'oeuvres with other Tsukuba students and professors, that including a slideshow of images from the past few days as a friendly reminder of our shared experience.  - Graham
University of Tsukuba bicycle parking
Matsushiro Apartments: Hidetoshi Ohno
Tsukuba Center public plaza

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    17 Pratt Institute students of City & Regional Planning along with their professors travel overseas to study in Japan.  

    During our 17 days we will hear from 17 different voices about their experiences in Japan.

    1.  Isabel
    2.  Iwona
    3.  Karen
    4.  William
    5.  Sara
    6.  Graham
    7.  Johane
    8.  Sean
    9.  Ana
    10.  Roxanne
    11.  Alexa
    12.  Alix
    13.  Victoria
    14.  Christopher
    15.  Joseph
    16.  Lacey
    17.  Natalie
    18.  Jia