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Workers resurrect Japanese 'minka' built in 1734
by John Roderick, Associated Press
When the hurly-burly of today's world overwhelms me, I hobnob with the rustic ghosts of centuries past in my restored old farmhouse on a hill overlooking this ancient capital of Japan. ...
- Mainichi Daily News February 1, 1982
- If one has the land to put it on, for not much more than the price
of constructing a modern house it is possible to transport a Japanese
farmhouse from the country to the city. ...
- Washington Post January 16, 2003
- Japanese houses bring to mind tatami-matted floors, silently sliding paper doors, intimately framed small spaces to display flower arrangements. But Japan has another architectural tradition that is hundreds of years old and much less known: the farmhouse.
In a country where people self-deprecatingly refer to their small abodes as "rabbit hutches," the farmhouses were huge. ...
- Excerpts from the book.
- Japan Times May 19, 2002
- Preserving spaces fit for living by Donald Richie.
"In this stimulating account of how he found his life work ...
[Takishita's] work is not only interesting and stimulating -- it
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- Nihon Keizai Shinbun January 27, 2003
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About Yoshihiro Takishita and His Work
"For the past [35 years], Mr. Takishita has dominated what is
probably the tiniest housing niche in Japan -- the buying, selling
and moving of the evocative minka, or farmhouse."--Wall Street
"It's unique in America and perhaps the world -- the only time
that three historical minka Japanese farmhouses have been combined
to form one residential dwelling."--Honolulu Star-Bulletin
"Step inside and you walk into the best of a Japan of bygone days
-- the same giant beams, blackened with age ... and black
floorboards with two centuries of walking and wounds
underfoot."--Mainichi Daily News