Creation of Harmony
The 2,000-year-old Yakusugi cedar
A Yakusugi cedar from Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site, is the centerpiece of the room. The Yakusugi cedar has been banned from logging since 1993, and will be banned from auction from 2019, making it impossible to obtain.
This tree is said to have been felled by a typhoon around the late Edo period (1603-1868), and was acquired by a famous old tree dealer at the last auction.
Kutsunugiishi (Shoes of Kurama Stone)
Kurama stone, which is characterized by its reddish-rust color, is used for the front door shoes. Kurama stone is mined on Mt. Kurama in the northern part of Kyoto, but since good quality stone is not produced there anymore, it is valued as a precious stone material.
Rudder pattern of the Kitamae-bune Oyakata ship
Kitamaebune is a merchant ship that contributed to the development of the Japanese economy and culture as a moving general trading company around the Edo period. An authentic rudder pattern used in those days is displayed on the second floor ceiling.
The rudder pattern is carved to wish for safety, security, and happiness.
tatami mat with a flat surface
The stairs and the hall on the second floor all use modern tatami without edges. These tatami mats have been gaining attention in recent years and are very popular.
The corners are also made of mokuzumi weave to make a durable table of rushes.
The floor is covered with 4 cm wide bamboo, which is said to have been used for the bamboo fence of Kenninji Temple in Kyoto, and was designed to make the summer in Kamakura comfortable from the feet up.
The bamboo fence of Kenninji Temple is made by splitting round bamboos into long and thin boards, laying them upright with no gaps, and then holding them together with oshimaru made of the same bamboo material.
Bedding made of natural materials
The mattresses on the first floor are horsehair mattresses, which are the best natural material with excellent elasticity, air permeability, moisture absorption and desorption, all of which are difficult to obtain, allowing you to experience the ultimate in sleeping comfort.
On the second floor, we have a combination of Airwave for comfortable sleeping and Hutong elements developed by Hüsler Nest in Switzerland, with bedding for up to 8 people on the first and second floors combined.
Natural Japanese paper wall
Echizen washi, a traditional craft of Fukui Prefecture, is made into 300 sheets the size of tatami mats and applied to the entire interior.
Unlike industrial products, there is no need to worry about the release of chemical substances. By applying natural Japanese paper indoors, lighting will be gentler on the eyes and sound absorption will have a relaxing effect.
Creation of Harmony
A Brush Connecting Heaven and Earth
The calligraphy on the walls and ceilings is done by the calligrapher Rieko Kawabe.
The depicted “mawariuta” is a waka poem that can be read from the top or the bottom, and is considered to be a good omen for wishes to come true.