Tag - machiya



Japan Times
Jan 17, 2019
Three novelists picked for Japan's Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards
Three novelists were selected Wednesday to receive the country's prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards for their works that covered a range of contemporary and historical topics.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Mar 25, 2018
Issey Miyake finds its Kyoto home
With its tiered roof, latticed exterior and exposed beams, the new Issey Miyake Kyoto flagship is more than just a store; it's a celebration of one of Kyoto's best-known traditional structures u2014 the machiya.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2016
Ichikawaya Coffee: A young cafe inside a 200-year-old wooden townhouse
Many of Kyoto's traditional wooden machiya townhouses are being renovated, and one of the most enchanting ones that has recently opened to the public can be found a few minutes walk from the endless stream of tourists visiting Kiyomizu Temple.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Oct 10, 2015
Home sweet home: Preserving the traditional Kanazawa townhouse
Traditional wooden townhouses called machiya could once be found throughout Japan and were especially common in cities such as Kyoto and Nara in Kansai, as well as Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2015
Rakushin: Austere multicourse dining in a traditional Osaka town house
What does austerity look and feel like? Well, it depends on whom you ask. I imagine for Greeks it’s a sort of endless despair engendering cynicism, but here in Japan, austerity — or, rather, restraint — can engender a sense of luxury, subtlety and even sensuality. Austerity has a long and rich history here, and many Japanese have an innate feeling for expressing it. Shintaro Katayama, the chef at Rakushin, who runs the restaurant with his sommelier wife, are masters of restraint and surprise.
Japan Times
May 14, 2014
Kyoto to rent out old Meiji Era town house
The Kyoto Municipal Government has announced that a traditional wooden "kyo-machiya" town house in the Gion Shinbashi area — a traditional teahouse in the city's entertainment district — will be made available to private-sector business operators to rent.


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