Saturday, December 16, 2006

Japanese home

The exterior and interior of my uncle's house. Everything--- the walls, the floor, the staircase, the ceiling, the furniture--- is made of wood, so it's kind of like a wood lodge. How quaint is that? They have two sofas, but usually they sit on the mats on the floor (see the second photo) and sleep there too! We had breakfast on the wooden table that you see. People in the neighbourhood share a common plot of land where some grow their own vegetables. There are no fences that separate the houses, hence you truly get a sense of communal living. All against a scenic backdrop of stunning mountains. I really enjoy their way of living; it seems surreal to an urban person like me.

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