The cafe in the garden of the Nezu Museum in Aoyama, in Tokyo, is a striking example of minimalist architectural design and contemporary Japanese aesthetics. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls on three sides of the rectangular space give full view of the garden and spectacular autumn foliage. A Japanese washi paper design is part of the ceiling material and lets diffused light into the space. This is one of more contemplative spaces in Tokyo and a fine place to wile away an hour in reflection, sipping a coffee or tea.
Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s foremost modern and contemporary artists, and it’s been a treat to witness her re-emergence over the past 15 years and her evolution into a global art star whose minimalist creative vision has resonated with so many art fans, collectors, and curators worldwide. Pictured here is one of her abstract, monochromatic “Infinity Nets” paintings.