Posts Tagged “Traditional Japanese Homes”

Town to buy 300-yr old house for 38 million Yen

Town to buy 300-yr old house for 38 million Yen

Matsuzaki Town in Shizuoka’s Izu Peninsula will be purchasing the 300-year old former Yoda Residence for 38.4 million Yen (approx. 337,000 USD). The town’s budget for acquisition and preservation of the property is expected to total 48.7 million Yen, which includes 10 million Yen to acquire the rights to a hot spring source. The property…

Nakano’s last surviving thatched-roof house to be demolished

Nakano’s last surviving thatched-roof house to be demolished

The 160+ year old Hosoda Residence in Nakano, Tokyo, is expected to be demolished soon to make way for a city road. The road plan was enacted in 1966, but, as is the case with many of Tokyo’s old road plans, remained dormant for several decades. The city obtained approval from the national government for…

Relocating a traditional Japanese house

Relocating a traditional Japanese house

Finding land with a traditional Japanese building for sale in the right location can be close to impossible regardless of budget. But, there are a number of these old traditional kominka available for purchase and removal across the country. If you find the right piece of land you may be able to relocate an old house…

Nanzen-ji: Japan’s most expensive and exclusive residential area

Nanzen-ji: Japan’s most expensive and exclusive residential area

London has Kensington Palace Gardens, Hong Kong has Pollock’s Path and Monaco has Avenue Princesse Grace. Japan’s most expensive and most exclusive neighbourhood is not in Tokyo, but in the grounds of a temple in the historic former capital of Kyoto. Nanzen-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple that was first established in 1291 by Emperor…

Historic Japanese villa in NY looking for new home in Japan

Historic Japanese villa in NY looking for new home in Japan

The current owner of a historic traditional Japanese house in upstate New York wants to relocate the home to Japan and is seeking a new owner. The ’Pine and Maple Palace’ was initially exhibited at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. It was modelled in a style of architecture dating from the Momoyama period (late…

Suginami-ku buys historic villa for 3.1 billion Yen

Suginami-ku buys historic villa for 3.1 billion Yen

Suginami City has purchased the historic Tekigai Villa in Ogikubo 2 Chome for 3.1 billion Yen and plans to preserve the house and restore its gardens. Tekigaiso was built in 1927 and designed by architect Ito Chuta. Ito was a leading architect in early 20th century Imperial Japan and had designed the original Meiji Jingu…

Tohoku’s traditional homes slowly vanishing

Tohoku’s traditional homes slowly vanishing

Repair bills up to 100 million Yen or more Yoichi Haryu, 57, owns a 2-storey home and storehouse in Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai City. The buildings date back to the late Meiji ~ early Showa era. The 2011 earthquake caused the beams to twist and bend and the wooden posts to twist and come unstuck.

Villa in Suginami-ku saved from demolition

Villa in Suginami-ku saved from demolition

Plans are underway to convert the private residence of a former Prime Minister, Prince Fumimaro Konoe, into a public garden. The local Suginami City is looking into purchasing the 6,000 sqm grounds and converting them into a public garden with a planned opening in 2017.   Named ‘Tekigaiso’, the house was built in a traditional Japanese…

Free farmhouses for evacuees

Free farmhouses for evacuees

A new site called “Kominka Net” is providing a listing service for owners of empty Japanese farmhouses (or kominkas) to offer them free of charge as temporary accommodation to evacuees of the March 11 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster.

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