Using discarded materials, Matsuba Tomi has brought a 200-year-old folk house back to life as an inn. Spring has come, and she gathers bamboo shoots for cooking and display, and fills an old baby carriage with freshly picked flowers, creating a touch of seasonal beauty from discarded things. It's a life of value for all things, and of fun. Her hope is that guests bring a bit of those values back with them when they return to the city, passing them on to the next generation.
Spring comes to the restored folk house inn
Matsuba with an old baby carriage full of spring flowers
Matsuba's restored kitchen preserves the feeling of old Japan
The sound of a crackling fire in the traditional kitchen stove soothes the soul