Countryside, Old Friend, Furniture
I was in Japan a couple of weeks ago. For a change I had some free time to visit ex Division member Yuya who is now living and working in Gifu prefecture. Gifu is an hour or two away from Nagoya, in the middle (chubu) part of the country. I took the rather old fashioned but lovely Meitetsu line to Shin Unuma and was greated by views of Mountains (still with snow) and wide flowing rivers. We drove into the surrounding hills to visit the Mino Ceramics park. It was designed by architect Isozaki Arata and while a little brutal for my taste, included a beautiful tea house and commanded incredible views of the surrounding area. It was a sunny mid-March day and the air was crisp. As you might imagine a day in the Alps.
After various stops for local food (great Tonkatsu) and coffee etc, we visited Yuya's new company called Noda Furniture. It is in an area we might call chou-inaka (deep in the country) but the furniture is far from this in feeling. The pieces are comfortable and modern, perhaps like the Japanese countryside and people themselves. The detail and quality communicate the now usual (for me) attention to detail and construction, fitting uniquely into Japanese taste and lifestyle. One or two shots from my day are here.