What's important to you really matters

What's important to you really matters.
It's worth the time and effort to [clarify] and [keep executing] what is really important to you. 

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: dinner)  

Listening is Connecting

 "Listening is connecting," a sound expert said. 
Listening is not only from ears. 

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: shadow) 

Showing possibilities

It's natural that people rely on images they've seen before, or experiences they've had before.
Designers want to pay full attention to clients' needs and wants, but at the same time it is critical that we espouse new possibilities.
I strive to articulate to my clients ideas and possibilities to which they've never been exposed.
(photo & visual experimentby Junko Yamamoto) 

Expectation drives behavior

"Expectation drives behavior, so change expectation to change outcome." said professor Margaret Neale.

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: chairs at Museum of Modern Art, Gunma) 


Possibilities are in the essence of each project. Not in the precedents.

I believe. 

(photo & conceptual model by Junko Yamamoto) 

If I can't verbalize it,

If I can't verbalize it,
it doesn't mean that I understand it, does it?

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: Takasaki Music Center) 

What brings me joy

Imagining space brings me joy
Increasing awareness brings me joy
Understanding brings me joy
Experiencing beauty brings me joy
Working with shapes, colors, textures, patterns, light, brings me joy
Connecting with people brings me joy
Articulating ideas brings me joy
Sharing ideas with people brings me joy
Being authentic brings me joy

It's my plan to keep doing what brings me joy. 

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: Wakita Museum) 


"Creativity comes from applying (what you've learned / what you know) in a new context" by Eric Mazur.
(photo by Junko Yamamoto: Takasaki Music Center) 

Create place within space

"Phenomenology is a method that urges a return to things. ... It is opposed to abstractions and mental constructions.  ... Potential in architecture is the ability to make the environment meaningful. ... The origin of architecture is to create "place" within "space" - by Christian Norberg-Schulz 

I like the idea.

(photo & conceptual model by Junko Yamamoto) 

Not conceptualized or intellectualized

“existential understanding arises from our very encounter with the world and our being-in-the-world – it is not conceptualized or intellectualized.” by Juhani Pallasmaa

I like that. 

(photo & conceptual model by Junko Yamamoto) 


For me, freedom is knowing and understanding.

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: at Yatsugatake Museum) 

A picture is worth a thousand words but,

A picture speaks a thousand words but, 

if you have a specific message to tell, people need words.

School is a place where you learn to articulate your ideas and better communicate to people, and to the world. 

(photo & conceptual model by Junko Yamamoto) 

My definition of context

Context is the tangible and intangible relationship between physical and psychological phenomena established, and evolving, on a particular site.

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: somewhere in Boston) 

Flows and relationships of things

Interacting "things" are constantly moving, changing and/or evolving. For example, humans, animals, and plants are all living organisms, which need to constantly consume nutrients. The flow of nutrients (foods), resources, energy, goods, materials, etc, is a large part of "context." I think it is important to be aware of this "flow" and how the "flowing things" relate to each other and with other components within the context. I believe that many environmental crises have been caused, at least partially, due to the ignorance of these flows and relationships. 

(photo & visual experiments by Junko Yamamoto) 

Only if

Exploration is good, but only if you reflect on it.

In my opinion. 

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: watertown) 

Eliminating preconception

Preconceptions can hide essence of things.

I think it's worth the effort to eliminate preconceptions.

(photo by Junko Yamamoto: Saitama Shintoshin Station)