While Japan’s traditional architecture is widely regarded as a national treasure, much of the country’s significant post-war architecture is at risk of being demolished or changed beyond recognition. Now, with the 2020 Olympics, several of the country’s most important Modernist gems are in peril. Lifelong architecture enthusiast and Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier is a passionate supporter whose commitment lies in raising awareness for these icons. In this new video he explains his love for architecture while giving you a look at some of the country’s finest examples.

Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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