Less well known than the traditional ‘gasshou-zukuri’ houses in Shirakawago, we think this spot in Takayama is a hidden gem. Hida Folk Village is a collection of these houses salvaged from local sites, and has live demonstrations of traditional Hida crafts. It’ll be home to the Takayama Jazz Festival this weekend - will no doubt be an absolute beauty of a stage!
Beautiful Umehina from Kamishichiken (geisha district) FYI Geisha are called Geiko in Kyoto. FYI kaiseki lunch and dinners are that much better when you have a beautiful Maiko (geiko apprentice) sitting next to you 😬
“People here build better than anybody else. You may say they build better as a result of some strange manipulation of the market and a lack of democracy and equal opportunity - and I’m all for those things - but you know what? The Japanese build better anyway.” Some interesting words from architect Rafael Viñoly.
Craftsmanship has evolved in its forms, but is certainly not dead: here is a country where its architects document to the half-millimetre, and others follow suit 📐✨
The simple pitch roof geometry resonates with the many vernacular structures in the neighborhood is animated by the faceted and titled entrance façade. — Hong Kong House @ Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan