Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers… I don’t think I’d ever want to take a road if I knew where it led.

Louis Kahan
Japan / Wells Coates

Wells Coates’s first fifteen years spent in Japan were a deep and lasting influence. In a letter written after Coates’s death to his daughter Laura Cohn, his fellow architect Walter Gropius wrote :

"I wish you could have been with us when he visited us after we had just returned from Japan. It was as if a door to a secret room had suddenly been opened and he became more and more entranced after our remarks about Japanese culture had started a whole reaction in himself. His deep tenderness for his early Oriental experiences made him really glow…"(more)