In Japan, the most popular housing is often a modern, concrete-style, box home. However in recent years, a more traditional farmhouse or country style home, called a minka, or “people's house,” has begun to grow in popularity, particularly amongst younger people who are more focused on sustainability and traditional crafts. A minka can mean any home past a certain age in Japan, but traditionally it is one that focuses on hand-crafted beams and a pitched roof, and often is moved and rebuilt from centuries‑old structures that are set for demolition or left to rot. In this moving short film by Davina Pardo, we are introduced to a unlikely friendship between middle-aged American journalist John Roderick, and 20-something Yoshihiro Takishita, forged over the relocation and construction of their own minka.


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  • Cindy

    Everything about this video is beautiful. The countryside, the home itself, and the love between these dear friends.

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  • To learn more about the resurgence of minka houses in Japan, check out this article from the Wall Street Journal.
  • Not sure it's worth moving and rebuilding old, rotting buildings? Read Six Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Making friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds makes for a richer and more interesting life. To learn more, visit this article from Entity Magazine, 5 Benefits of Having Global Friendships.

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