Nagano House Renovation

Date Published
28th July 2019

This summer I began a small documentary project chronicling the restoration of a beautiful old property in Nagano.

An ambitious group of expats in Japan have undertaken the mammoth task of renovating an old family homestead in a small town in Nagano.

The house is set amongst the rice fields, at the foot of some great ski slopes. The frogs were deafening at night, as we sat around a bonfire cooking dinner and stoking the fire with scrap pieces of wood pulled from old shelves and cladding.

Below is a small sample of the video in its very early stages. I will return to the property again in Autumn, to see how they have progressed, and then in winter, when they are hoping to have completely refitted the kura.

It’s a huge amount of work, so good luck to them!


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