Ando: Osaka-it to me

Tadao Ando, elegant architect of concrete and light, has his praises sung in this week’s installation of “Amazing Kansai!!” [Please note: 2 exclamation marks!(!)]

The article sheds some light on Ando’s background, including his early boxing career and his first architectural epiphany:

“When the carpenters opened the roof, I saw a ray of light coming into my dark house,” Ando said. “It’s really a simple thing, but I was moved, knowing that light came in from above. I learned that light can’t be appreciated without darkness.”

I seem to remember having a similar ephiphany on the morning of my first hangover.