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Inside Waka Haiku Setsugekka Japanese Restaurant in China

Waka Haiku Setsugekka Japanese Restaurant

Zhang Jing

Chief architect Sun Tianwen of Shanghai Hip-pop Architectural Decoration Design Co. has created this new restaurant called Waka Haiku Setsugekka in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, that focuses on the essence of Japanese cuisine. Sun Tianwen explains that, individually, the ultra-clear glass engraved with the sakura, the blue LED light band and complete black background of sushi counter do not necessarily express the sense of zen — however, only when all of these elements mix harmoniously, then an appropriate design is obtained.

Conveying the customer’s core values and aspirations, the restaurant itself reflects the “setsugekka,” a vital aspect of Japanese culture that refers to the seasons of the year: blue-white (winter), yellow-white (autumn) and pink-white (spring). Each hue dictates the essence of the restaurant by using the colors in vivid LED lights around the interior space.

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