For the most part, contemporary Japanese architects follow

the worldwide post-modernist trend in being more conciliatory towards

the past and more critical in their attitude towards notions of technological

utopianism. Some of them, however, give a distinctively Japanese twist to

this general tendency. A number of Japanese architects do not reject the

modern movement because of its particular notions concerning architecture,

but because of its associations with Western forms of rationality and the

technological applications of that rationality. They do not turn to the Japanese

tradition to evoke a nostalgic sense of the familiar, to indulge in irony or to

reinforce a sense of national identity, but as an alternative and counter to

Western modes of logic.