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The beginning

Story 1


We searched a lot of old folk houses to go north

Is it possible to manage an old folk house destined to be demolished? This was the beginning.

The search for an old folk house has begun toward the Tohoku area. From the historical background of thinking old-fashioned old folk houses that wrapped Japanese culture and life , it can be proved that old folk houses are not worthless, and if it is accepted, there is something to give to people. did. Building a house in my life is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I would like to share with you what I have done and what I have learned, even though I am an amateur.

I decided to look for an old folk house when I went to a coffee shop in Kamakura where JAZZ flows . I felt nostalgia and kindness in the space of old trees, and my heart was healed. Looking around, it was an old folk house coffee shop where old trees were arranged well and became an accent of the space. After all, I stayed for a long time, but when I looked at various shops like that, I saw a space where I could feel the warmth of an old folk house using old wood even in an Italian restaurant. At one point, I had an impact when I visited an art dealer who remodeled an old folk house. _D04a07d8-9cd1-3239-9149-20813d6c673b_ The large window on the first floor opened vertically instead of horizontally. It was like a Benz SLS AMG. If these were the starting points for building a house, I wanted to live in a house that renovated the space based on an old folk house. That's how I started looking for an old folk house to be my mother.

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Have you seen about 50 houses while traveling from the latter half of 1990 to see if there are any houses that can be handed over to old folk houses so that they can move north toward Tohoku? ​ It turned out that the thicker the member goes north. This is difficult, and you can see it while driving in the Tohoku region. At that time, I pushed ping-pong and started talking with the owner when there was a current house next to an old folk house that was untouched. This didn't go any further. I joined the Japan Folk House Regeneration Association (JMRA), which I learned about, and through the association, I was helped by Mr. Sasaki, a coordinator living in Tohoku. Looking at various things, I took over an old folk house from a farmer in Fujisawa, Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture.

Currently, it has been relocated and rebuilt in Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is still in existence. This house is an original farmhouse built by a group of three master craftsmen who are Japanese craftsmen called Kesen Carpentry. I've heard that Kesen Carpentry is a group of talented carpenters led by Fujiwara Sandai, who gathered in Oshu (currently from Iwate to Sendai) to play an active role. In today's language, it is a fine guild group and a brand that Japan is proud of and a master.

Unfortunately, however, many of the Kesen carpenter's houses in Rikuzentakata were lost due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. This original old folk house is one of the precious houses that the Kesen carpenter who greatly contributed to the construction of shrines and temples in Tohoku from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji era. Perhaps it will be an old folk house in Fujisawa-cho, Iwate, where carpentry techniques are handed down, leaving rooted descendants there. I think that the fact that the old folk house has been relocated and rebuilt in Hakone now exists is truly God's will. The drawing below shows the location of Kesen Carpentry from the book by Tsuneo Takahashi (Associate Professor, Tohoku Institute of Technology, Doctor of Engineering) ​. In addition, the land I got is almost the same as the Ukiyo-e Hakone Lake Water Map of Hakone, which is located below Hiroshige Utagawa on the 53rd Tokaido Road, and I am proud of it.

The original scenery of the hometown, which embodies the disappearing Japanese spirit. I think it has the power to evoke the sleeping identity of our Japanese people and restore the balance between life and feelings. Our desire to evolve and preserve the buildings that preserve the traditional techniques of the time was strong. This is because I thought that the classic Kabuki would be reinterpreted and the classic would be reconstructed so that it would be easy for anyone to accept as "Super Kabuki".

In addition, when relocating and reconstructing this house, it is necessary for the architect to reconstruct the space by unraveling the old wood about 170 years ago, numbering it on the lumber, creating a drawing on site once and clarifying the mold. However, I thought that it would be difficult to relocate a house built on a flat land to a slope overlooking Lake Ashi with the technique of horizontal movement of an old folk house. So I wondered what a high-tech old folk house would be like.
This is to firmly regenerate and live in a future-oriented old folk house on the slope of a scenic spot. As a result, the skeleton of Kesen Carpentry remains as it is, but I have been searching for a new space. At the same time, the approach to effective utilization of the land where the mountains of Japan are 70 to 80% higher is reminiscent of the naturally occurring cultural heritage that exists on the slopes that exist all over the world. It also takes advantage of the land shape of embedding a house on the slope with the idea of creating a fusion of modern architecture and old trees . Also, it seems that there are many people who dare to live in Corona, avoiding the city center ​.

I think it has become a private house that makes use of the slopes of 70-80% of Japan's land .

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From a book by Tsuneo Takahashi (Associate Professor, Tohoku Institute of Technology, Doctor of Engineering)

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Hiroshige Utagawa's Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Hakone Ukiyo-e Hakone Lake Water Map

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