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When it comes to stadium porn it doesn’t get much more highbrow than this.

Frequent Athletico contributor, Nicole Reed has just recently returned from Japan, from where she sent us this serene collection of images from the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Designed by highly influential Japanese architect Kenzō Tange it was opened back in 1964 and since then has housed basketball, ice hockey, handball and futsal along with judo, pop concerts and the Cheerleading Asia International Open Championships.

Tange’s work was always known for blending traditional Japanese styles with modernism and his work has featured in major buildings across the world – with Yoyogi National Gymnasium in particular influencing the work of Frei Otto for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium.

Nicole’s images capture Kenzō Tange’s eye for detail and shape – while also perfectly summing up those strange moments of Zen that can be found in Tokyo despite being a metropolis of millions.

See more of Nicole’s work here.

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