The nonprofit WAAJ was founded in 2005 — marking the centenary of Wright's first visit to Japan in 1905 — to ensure that his legacy of innovative, organic design would live on. For three years, WAAJ cofounders Karen Severns and Koichi Mori organized and managed a series of popular public programs aimed at fostering greater cultural awareness of Frank Lloyd Wright's enduring architectural legacy in Japan, including seminars, building tours, architecture weekends, a photo contest and special events. We hope you'll enjoy looking through the event archives.

Another of WAAJ's programs was the WAAJ Oral/Video History Project, which responded to the extremely urgent need to create and preserve a more comprehensive record of Wright's time in and enduring impact on Japan. In late 2006, working with architecture students from Temple University Japan, Severns and Mori conducted interviews with prominent foreign residents of Tokyo, capturing their reminiscences of the city at a time when Wright's Imperial Hotel was still the center of social life.


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