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Yoshiaki Nakamura is designer and director of Haneda’s retail area, Edo Koji. His renowned family company is said to have some of the best carpenters in the world.

How did you get involved in the project?
I was asked to create a Japanese space – something that would be the gateway to Tokyo and Japan. Not easy in a steel and glass building!

*Did you use traditional techniques? We used different techniques for different shops. Makanai Cosme [beauty shop] is from Kanazawa, so we used latticework from there. At the casual udon restaurant, we used sugi, a humble cedar, and at Takafuku, a sukiyaki place, we used a good cypress called hinoki.

What materials did you use? Different woods and clay walls. It all looks very good now but it will be even better in three or five years when all the materials and colours settle down.

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