Posts Tagged ‘rural’

Chalet kitchen door

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Antique kitchen door in German chalet, part of the set of UK film “Chalet Girl” starring Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy. Fluff film, but great set. Is this a common door design in the alps? I like it despite or perhaps because of its excess, both in aesthetic and the amount of wood used.

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Traditional Japanese farmhouses: wood and straw

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Thanks to photographers Molly Des Jardin (cat slide), Ethan and Kohmura Masao (Fomal Haut) for these photos of rural Japanese houses. So few materials, so harmoniously put together. Many of the photos are from an open air museum in Japan, where traditional houses from different regions have been transported and reconstructed.

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Traditional Japanese scarecrows

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The bottom photo shows a functioning scarecrows made of indigo-dyed hemp. The original book caption reads “The bold design of this piece of shibori-dyed hemp by Seizo Ishikawa, a farmer, seems at home working as a scarecrow by a newly harvested rice field.” The birds in Japan must have been accustomed to seeing farmers in real Japanese indigo yukatas, waving their arms.

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Rice cake blossoms for the Japanese “Little New Year”

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

From the National Museum: of Ethnography in Japan: “At the end of the Edo period, when the exhibited house was constructed, villagers of Akiyama mainly grew beans and such millet grains as cockspur, foxtail millet, and buckwheat. On the special occasion in the middle of January, called Little New Year, villagers made rice cakes in the shape of all these crops, stuck them on tree branches to depict an abundant harvest [see branches above with white blossoms], and prayed for a generous harvest in that year.” We’re a bit late, since this festival would have taken place a couple of weeks ago.

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