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Competition: win a book showcasing the studios of Japan's best-known architects and designers

Dezeen is giving away five copies of Where They Create: Japan, a book documenting the workspaces of some of Japan's leading creatives, including Kengo KumaNendo, Tadao Ando and Toyo Ito.

Where They Create: Japan, by photographer Paul Barbera, shows the inside 32 studios and offices, belonging to a variety of Japanese architects, designers and artists.

Featuring photographs and interviews, the book also reveals the workspaces of Schemata Architects, Kenya Hara and Sou Fujimoto.

Free comp: Where they create
Mariko Mora is one of 32 artists and designers featured in Where They Create: Japan

The images reveal that Ando's self-designed studio in Osaka is lined with walls of books, while Hara has a museum-like office.

It also features the meticulous workspace Nendo has created in a Kenzo Tange-designed building. Ito's surprisingly messy studio – a stark contract to the clean lines and form of his work – is also included.

Free comp: Where they create
The office of Japanese architect Tadao Ando is also featured in the book

"Japanese creatives and designers have long captured international audiences and is gaining new momentum especially in fashion design, architecture and the arts," Barbera explains in the book's preface. "Thus it only felt natural to make it the focus of this book."

"Travelling to Japan is like travelling to the future or another planet, distinct from its Asian neighbours yet also strangely familiar," he continued.

Five readers will each win a copy of the book, published by Frame, but it can also be also be purchased online for €29.