I really love wood. And I really love how they used wood for the walls of this shrine.
This is the side wall of Akagi Shrine (you can see the front in a previous post here). I learned that this new and modern shrine was designed by a famous Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. He's one of my favorite architects, not that I know very many by name, but I like how he designs buildings with both futuristic and traditional styles.
I found a random interview article where he talks about his style and interests...and how he doesn't like ties. His says "somebody said that a tie decreases the length of our life by ten years, this is why the average life of ladies is ten years longer." How fascinating.
Do you think this is true?