Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan

Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan

John Roderick


In 1959 journalist John Roderick joined the Tokyo bureau of the linked Press. There, he befriended a eastern relations, the Takishitas. After musing offhandedly that he wish to someday have his personal condo in Japan, the family—unbeknownst to John—set out to furnish his want. they discovered Roderick a 250-year-old minka, or hand-built farmhouse, with a thatched roof and held jointly solely by way of wood pegs and joinery. It used to be approximately to be washed away through flooding and was once being provided for less than fourteen money. Roderick graciously got the home, yet used to be privately dismayed on the prospect of residing during this huge, immense outdated relic missing heating, bathing, plumbing, and correct kitchen amenities. So the minka was once dismantled and saved, the place Roderick secretly was hoping it is going to remain, because it did for numerous years. yet Roderick's reverence for common fabrics and his appreciation of conventional jap and Shinto craftsmanship finally received the higher of him. sooner than lengthy a workforce of skilled carpenters have been hoisting big beams, laying huge wood floors, and attaching the split-bamboo ceiling. in exactly 40 days they rebuilt the home on a hill overlooking Kamakura, the traditional capital of Japan. operating jointly, they renovated the farmhouse, including positive factors akin to floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doorways and a latest kitchen, tub, and bathroom. From those humble beginnings, Roderick's minka has develop into across the world identified and has hosted such luminaries as President George H. W. Bush, and Senator Hillary Clinton. John Roderick's architectural memoir Minka tells the compelling and sometimes poignant tale of the way one guy fell in love with the folk, tradition, and old development traditions of Japan, and reminds us all in regards to the significance of workmanship and the which means of position and residential within the procedure.

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