每日英語跟讀 Ep.K372: About Japan - Asia Welcomes Travelers, but Japan Says, Not Yet
In a normal year, this would be peak season for tourism to Japan. But as the cherry blossoms burst into bloom along Kyoto’s ancient, temple-lined alleys and boat tours ply the waters of Tokyo’s flower-lined rivers, Japanese tourists largely have the spectacular display to themselves.
The country sealed its borders to most foreign travelers early in the pandemic and has only recently begun to allow a slow drip of students and business people to return.
Those hoping to visit Japan for fun, shouldn’t hold their breath. Despite the national tourism organization’s wishful thinking, Koichi Wada, the head of Japan’s tourism agency, told parliament last month that“it’s exceedingly difficult to forecast the long-term trends for inbound tourism.”
Dismantling work begins on iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower 代表性的中銀膠囊塔開始拆除
Built a half-century ago as a futuristic architectural marvel that would permanently house tenants, the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo’s Ginza district failed to stand the test of time.
Dismantling work started on the aging structure on April 12, much to the sadness of the building’s legions of fans across the world and former tenants.
The building, designed by famed architect Kisho Kurokawa (1934-2007), looks like a jumble of blocks stacked at odd angles high in the sky.
The tower has been known as a representative work of the “Metabolism” architecture movement, which started in 1960. The building was designed to evolve further by replacing spaces and functions in accordance with societal changes.
這座塔以作為始於1960年代的建築運動「代謝派」的代表作而聞名，被設計成能根據社會變遷來替換空間與功能以進一步演化。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1511719 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1514361