It’s nice to see Japan starting to appreciate old buildings, the way they do in Europe … preserving the good parts and updating the bad parts (e.g. modern insulation and heating).
My apologies … I haven’t given this blog and website the care they deserve. Also, I’ve received a lot of attempted spam in the blog (which I’ve blocked of course).
I intend to soon move the website (minka-ichiku.com, nokosokai.org) to another hosting service and set up a new blog. I’ll try to keep the blog up-to-date, and hope for comments from others.
Please be patient.
In the meantime, here’s a link to a short documentary film: Minka.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has two articles about minka and an article about recycled minka.
An article on Living in Japan’s past in traditional townhouses. ¥100,000/month? Hmmm …
There as some less ordinary machiya available for short-term stay at kyoto-machiya.com.
I haven’t finished Minka: my farmhouse in Japan yet … so I’ll just point to a review.