Tea Time at Japan Society



A Conversation with Takeshi Kamiya

December 16, 2020
Part of Tea Time at Japan Society

Americans and Japanese not only share our love for baseball, but are also exchanging ideas on baseball stadiums. When Texas Rangers asked HKS, a global architectural design firm that built their Globe Life Field, to help the Japanese professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Takeshi Kamiya, HKS Principal and Director of Urban Design, was excited. The Fighters has a vision to be a game changer of Japanese sports business and build a new stadium by 2023, the 20th-year anniversary of their move to Sapporo. Having studied the “entertainment-oriented” model of American ballparks, the Fighters “did not just want to build a stadium, but a whole new city,” and “an entertainment-oriented city”, according to Kamiya. Kamiya gives a preview of this crowd-wowing new stadium, which will offer uniquely Japanese experiences unlike any other stadiums in the world. In addition to sports, HKS helps bridge U.S. and Japanese cultures in the healthcare and hospitality sectors, where Kamiya finds knowledge and experiences that both sides can offer each other.

Japan Society's Tea Time Season #2, celebrating the season of culture in Japan and U.S.-Japan cultural exchanges, is proudly supported by ITO EN (North America) INC.

Takeshi Kamiya
Principal and Director of Urban Design for HKS


Takeshi Kamiya, Principal and Director of Urban Design for HKS, is passionate about urban design and its ability to create spaces that make a city or town special and memorable. His holistic approach balances physical conditions, client needs and economic influences into a compelling design that reflects the nature of the place. After receiving his degree in architecture in Japan, he moved to the U.S. for graduate work. With over 23 years of experience, Kamiya provides urban design services to private and public clients including prominent urban design projects in New York City, Philadelphia, and San Diego.

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