Nagoya - Humble but enjoyable
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
35Trip End Mar 28, 2010
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I visited the International Design Centre Nagoya which a building which acts as place for design firms, a hall for special exhibits, workshops and for me, committees / organizations and of course, a museum. The museum, however, was quite small and I went through it within 2 hours. On display were items throughout Japanese design history as well as graphics (ex. ads). The most prominent display was chair design. Luckily I at least knew one designer featured, Isamu Noguchi, primarily famous for his interior and furniture design. There was even temporary displays on American Art Deco and Streamlining
Following that, I visited a somewhat of a wonderful design-based department store called Loft conveniently right next door. It had great gift items and a modern take on any such household good one can think of as well as the common cute/animated products, which can only be found in Japan. At least I had the self-discipline not to spend too much yen there. =)
Lastly, I met with a friend and local to the city. She told me that the train station was the largest in all of Japan having two 50+ story towers. So although it was not a typical tourist city, this was one of my favorite parts of my trip.