Mitsuyoshi Miyazaki

The appeal of Tokyo for Mitsuyoshi Miyazaki

Tokyo's appeal is that there are mountains and valleys which intertwine with each other. This kind of terrain is what gives Tokyo its character.

I'm based in a place called Yanaka (谷中). The kanji for "Ya (谷)" means "valley" and as it implies, it is very hilly. Even for the shortest outings, I need to walk up and down hills. Every time I go out, I can feel the change in atmosphere. I can feel the sophistication around the mountains - once home to feudal ruins - which are home to universities and other facilities. Whereas valleys are more bustling with life.

This is also true for other areas such as Shibuya (渋谷), Daikanyama (代官山), Yotsuya (四谷) and Sendagaya (千駄ヶ谷). Each area name has something to do with its terrain. Even if you walk around Tokyo without any plans, you'll be sure to encounter countless amounts of mountains and valleys. If you're aware of this while walking around Tokyo, I'm sure you'll be able to feel variety that Tokyo has to offer.


Mitsuyoshi Miyazaki

An architect. He is the representative of the "smallest cultural center" in Yanaka, Tokyo called "HAGISO" and a hotel called "hanare". He was born in Gunma Prefecture in 1982 and completed his master's degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008. After working at an architecture office, he founded "HAGI STUDIO", an architecture office where he conducts in building design and runs an independent business.