Books, Dissertations and Practical Architecture


Noriko Matsuda have been collaborated with Architects and landscape architects since 2014. The team have applied for two competitions; both of which the team won the first prize. These projects are currently ongoing - the Asahiyama Park in Himi started in 2014, the Aobayama Park and the Park Center in Sendai started in 2017.


Recent essays:

: Early research was on the history of the formation of Japanese hot spring towns. The doctoral thesis was on urban history associating space and social history of two Japanese largest hot spring cities, Beppu and Atami.

Since 2011, researches were often related to two main themes: "Human History at water's edge" and "Considering architecture and cities throughout terrain, geology and earth conditions”.

HBH's visions and manifests begin to be written since 2019.

Some of the articles contain criticisms against anthropocentrism.


-Short Movie Series: Finding the History of “Sassa yo Yassa”

"Sassa yo Yassa. Japanische Tänze" was published in Berlin 1913.

The Author of the book was Bernhard Kellermann (1879-1951), a German writer who became a million-seller novelist. Illustrations for the essay were drawn by Karl Walser (1877-1943). Walser was a Swiss painter and was a brother of the famous poet Robert Walser (1878-1956).

Kellermann and Walser came to Japan in the early 20th century and published their experiences of stay as two books: "Sassa yo Yassa” and "Ein Spazier Gang in Japan" (1910).

They loved Miyazu, a small seaside town in Kyoto prefecture.

Miyazu is a many-sided town. It appears as a castle town, a port town, a fisherman’s town, and a geisha town. There were also many traveling entertainers who are lost these days. Numbers of old festivals are also held here. The town has a picturesque place Amanohashidate. It is a sand skewer made into a myth: the ladder connecting the earth to the heaven has fallen and became Amanohashidate.

The whole volume of "Sassa yo Yassa" and one-third of "Ein Spazier Gang in Japan" was on things that happened in Miyazu during their stay.

Our research team produced document movies following their footsteps in Miyazu.

 vol.1 “Shin’hama” 2016/HD/28min.

 vol.2 “Fisherman and Festivals” 2017/HD/40min.

 vol.3 “Sea and Myth” 2018/HD/35min.

Collaborative artist: Yohei KOGI, Keijiro SUGA, Tatsuki HAYASHI, Tenko IMA, Mio MATSUDA, Okaeri Sisters, Kenji USHIKUBO and others

Collaborators: Miyazu City, Miyazu Chamber of Commerce, Residents of Miyazu, Mari TANAKA, Students of Matsuda Lab, and others

-Color Sample of Villages

This project focused on the color of the house to record and memorize the current scene of villages with a traditional livelihood.

The first work has taken place at the seaside village in the Kii Peninsula. Each village in the peninsula has a unique living culture and spatial character. The villages have traditional wooden houses with colorful paints and tiled exterior walls that are rarely seen in Japan.

A reason the residents or painters chose the color here in colorful villages is filled with wonder.

These colors have transitioned through the test of time and through the life of residents. Colors have changed due to the sea breeze, rain, or ultraviolet rays from the sun. The current color no longer has a shiny reflection that fresh paint has.

Colors vaguely flicker and blink in front of our eyes at the narrow alleys of the village.

We have captured these colors or moments and printed in a format of a color sample book.

Collaborative artist: Tomohiko OGAWA