Matsuba Tomi lives in a town steeped in history, running an inn in an old folk house she restored, reusing waste materials. Discarded bricks line the garden path, the washroom basin is a broken jar, and the windows are a patchwork of old panes; carefully made old things that have become beautiful with time. In winter, dried fruits and vegetables hang from the eaves. She seldom throws anything away, uses everything with care and lives conscientiously. And her aesthetic sense permeates the entire inn.
Matsuba runs an inn in a folk house she restored herself
Sliding door repaired with a collage of washi paper and other materials
A guestroom window made from a patchwork of old panes
Preserved dried fruit hung from the eaves in winter