Contributor: Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese is an architecture student, slowly completing her Master of Architecture degree at RMIT University. Having just returned to Melbourne from living in Tokyo, she is currently working in the design industry and as an editor of Caliper Journal, an independent architecture journal which was born out of a desire to have messier and more meaningful discussions about architecture.

Tomoko and Takaaki Shiratori in Komaba

Tomoko and Takaaki Shiratori have lived all over Japan; from a 'New Town' in Yokohama, to Aichi Prefecture and now in Nerima, Tokyo. Their shared love of gardening means the rooftop is filled with fruits and vegetables, while Tomoko has a passion for reading aloud and talking, which she says, keeps her energised!