Outside of theme parks, it's unusual to see a massive, multi-story building with a design that's clearly based on a children's transformer-robot toy - it represents a rare match-up between an adventurous client and an innovative architect. And while it predictably appears on various "weird architecture" lists, the building is well executed and stays faithful to its concept.
According to the architect, "Architecture ought to be something capable of moving people's hearts and giving them a physical thrill in a way possible in no other art." The building was the first major work by architect Makoto Sei Watanabe, with construction completed in 1990.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From our sister site Bento.com.