Sunday, February 25, 2007

Preserving Japan's traditional homes

In rural Japan, more and more old-fashioned minka (country homes) are falling into disrepair as young people leave for the big city in droves. Many homes are also being torn down to make way for modern-style houses or even golf courses or strip malls.

Architect Yoshihiro Takishita is part of a growing movement to preserve this important part of Japan's architectural tradition.

Architect Yoshihiro Takishita's centuries-old "minka" farmhouse.

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