This simple home near Nagano is called Mountain Research. The sleeping quarters are in the yellow domes (made by North Face) on top of the multi-level structure. each of the other rooms are separate, simple spaces. pretty cool, eh?
japan is a country of incredible paradoxes. here in the west, it’s rare that we see communities cling to our tradition the way the japanese do. it’s a shame really. as a visitor, it seems to me that music, art, architecture, textiles, and social customs are all influenced to a great extend by a by-gone era. at the same time, the country is teeming with new, new, new. It’s a place where tranquil traditions and urgent modernity live side by side.