A Chicago-based Mies Society member couldn’t help but think of Mies on her trip to Japan and sent us these phone photos and notes.
"We were lucky to have 2 nights at the Tawaraya Inn in Kyoto, a national treasure and one of the finest ryokan since 1709. It is exquisitely classic and therefore minimal, with every object, view and experience carefully arranged. Not surprising to find Mies on the bookshelf in the study of the owners husband." Mies Society member traveling in Japan
"We did a flower arranging class in Kyoto yesterday. I thought I did a good job but you’ll see here all the bits that still needed to be pruned off for perfection. And yes, the teacher actually said " less is more." also interesting that the teaching is similar to stories I’ve heard of Mies where he’d sit with a student looking at a work and smoking but saying nothing. The student would be so nervous that he would look at the work trying to see what could be wrong and find opportunities for improvement on his own. Mies would leave having said nothing. This class was mostly the same way." Mies Society member traveling in Japan› Read more