Shiguchi is a Japanese cultural retreat that bridges custom and the Twenty first century

by Editors Staff

Shiguchi was born out of the imaginative and prescient of 1 man – artist and collector Shouya Grigg, who reworked a bunch of centuries-old farmhouses right into a cultural haven that bridges Japanese heritage and hospitality, and fashionable luxurious in an unspoiled secluded valley in Hokkaido, the nation’s northernmost island.

Fascinated by the monumental structure of the A-frame-shaped, thatched, pitch-roofed rural farmhouses (kominka) that dot the Japanese countryside, in 2015, Grigg discovered an deserted dwelling of this typology in Tochigi, and had it rigorously dismantled, beam by beam, by a group of grasp craftsmen. It was relocated and reassembled close to his dwelling (and a earlier inventive hospitality undertaking he spearheaded), the modern ryokan Zaborin, within the ski resort of Niseko. 

(Picture credit score: Shouya Grigg)

The Shiguchi cultural hub

It has taken two years of painstaking renovation so as to add a brand new roof, underfloor heating, and a brand new open-plan modern inside with floor-to-ceiling home windows. Named Somoza, the three-storey, 450 sq m cultural hub now homes a restaurant and craft boutique on the bottom ground; and an avant-garde tea home with partitions created from repurposed metal sheets tucked away within the hovering roof. An occasion house and gallery to show Grigg’s in depth assortment of authentic Hokkaido artwork and artefacts together with historical Jōmon pottery and Ainu artefacts is positioned on a newly put in decrease stage.

entrance path to Shiguchi house

(Picture credit score: Shouya Grigg)

Simply earlier than the pandemic, Grigg relocated 5 extra kominka, ranging in dimension from 300 to 500 sq m, and from two to 3 storeys, to kind a small village of 5 villas and a brand new restaurant on his web site, perched alongside the mountain ridge. The identify he gave the advanced – Shiguchi – is a salute to the standard hand-carved wood joints that kind the kominka’s structural framework out of stable timber. The normal Japanese system of joinery that makes use of no nails in any respect (shiguchi) is invisible, however Grigg says he was transfixed by their hidden craftsmanship, revealed because the kominka had been being dismantled.

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