I read about the The Osaka Museum Of Housing and Living and decided to pay a visit. I was surprised to see how popular it was. Lots of tourists rented kimonos and took photos in front of old style Japanese houses and stores. It takes up the 8th and 9th floors of a nondescript office building.
I decided to take a stroll around Kamakura after visiting the Kamakura City Kawakita Museum. I was not the only one the city was teeming with visitors to see the lovely fall colors. This is a ramen shop in a traditional old house with a shrine.
The approach to Jufukuji temple.
The approach to a restaurant specializing in local ingredients.
My main purpose for visiting Kamakura was to see the Toshiro Mifune exhibition which has a tie-in with my friend producer Yukie Kito's film Mifune: The Last Samurai at the Kamakura City Kawakita Film Museum. The grounds are beautiful, but the exhibition was not so comprehensive-I was hoping to see more.
I saw a sign for a cool looking library on the Senseki line that I was taking out to Matsushima and researched it and found this article, which states that this is the second collaboration between Tsutaya and a public library (the other city is Takeo in Saga prefecture in Kyushu). It has a Starbucks and restaurant in addition-the library is next to the station and is the kind of "third place" that I like to hang out at. So since it was raining I stopped for a coffee and checked out the cool design-lots of light and space. It seems to be a successful idea, so I hope to see more of these collaborations in Japan in the future.
This is the public library space adjacent to the commercial space.