A Japanese train station becomes surrealist
Japanese culture has taken over the world in the last few decades. Whether it is architecture, design or simply art, it is everywhere for a simple reason: it has been able to evolve quickly with time, while preserving a strong link to tradition. Looking at Hayao Miyazaki‘s movies for instance, one quickly realizes that Japanese symbolism is still very present in modern culture. We get the same strange sensation of floating in the famous director’s world when we see what Glamorous did with the Arashiyama Station in Kyoto. Inspired by tradition and the surrounding bamboo forest, 600 light poles wrapped in beautifully printed kimono fabric illuminate the station, giving the impression of entering a surreal dream. Lit by LEDs, the poles cover almost 3000 m² of the station ground, defining the space and creating new areas and paths. A perfect illustration of Japanese philosophy and a dream come true.