Tetsuo Kobori



閑谷学校/Shizutani School(Special historical sites)





Architectural layout with mountains and valleys and landscapes, lenticular shape stone walls as well as other elements create exquisite landscapes, this is magnificent indeed.
(laminated layers made only of stones, That’s why grass doesn’t grow. There are various theories as to why stones have lenticular shape, including the influence from Korea and China through Confucian schools and also the theory that it was to avoid misunderstanding between ordinary walls and castle walls.)

In this season, the voice of nightingales, sounds from the valley and the cold wind, leaves and buds from the trees that look like fresh light green tents, probably, I thought that it is necessary to learn and integrate the meaning of environment and landscape, and I think I had the conviction that people will not change only by education, but that people grow up and change also with their environment.