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My Kabuki Experiences

For those of you with additional interests in Japan, we have prepared a short video of how I was invited to perform with a village kabuki group.
Kabuki is a stylized Japanese drama that includes dance, best recognized by the ghost-like white make-up that the actors apply. Click here to read more about Kabuki on wikipedia. Village Kabuki is a non-professional version of Kabuki that were and still are community events in the more rural parts of Japan.
I have been performing for 10 years now and it is wonderful to be part of a fading tradition in Japan. Please enjoy!

wood wainscoting for your bathroom

A great way to complement a hinoki bathtub is with wooden wainscoting.
There are two options to choose from. Narrow [top left] and wide [top right].
The wood paneling is packed and delivered like this:

installed like this:

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and looks like this:

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VTR of Yoshiaki visiting ryokan in Kiso

Here is another short VTR that Yoshiaki took in Kiso valley when visiting the ryokan of a friend.
The place is located in Nagano-ken, Kiso-gun.
The name of the ryokan is: NEZAME-SANSHI (=purple mountains). This is because the mountains surrounding Kiso in all directions turn to purple at sunset.

I hope you enjoy!

ofuro tubs video

We prepared a short VTR about our japanese ofuro tubs.
How do you like it? We welcome your comments!

bartok tubs in their new homes!

Our wonderful customers have graciously sent us photographs of their installed and fully functional bathtubs. In both big and small, traditional and modern spaces, the tub fits in perfectly creating a relaxing atmosphere that anyone can enjoy.

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Shoji Doors Shipped

Our client decided on option B, the doors with a contemporary feel. Below are the products ready to be shipped.

japanese shiji

Shoji doors are usually made with rice paper, however, rice paper is delicate and doesn’t fair well in humid environments, like a bathroom. We recommend to replace the paper with a synthetic material that looks like paper call warlon. This fascinating material is used for many interior applications in Japan today. (Warlon website in Japanese only)

japanese shiji

Above are the rails that are to be fitted above and below for the doors to slide.

japanese shiji

And for the final touch wooden wainscot paneling, and Japan has been brought to your home!

Shoji Doors for Japanese Style Room

We had a client who wanted a comprehensive Japanese look for his room. The image above was taken from the bedroom facing the bathroom and closet. Our client wanted to used traditional Japanese shoji doors to separate the spaces.
I sent my client the following two proposals:

Option A is classic Japanese but involves more pieces. This design includes a column and beam casing which separates the closet doors from the bathroom doors and the top storage from the full sized doors.

Option B is simple and more contemporary. There are no exposed columns so the doors look like parts of a whole and because there is no beam the ceiling will feel higher.

Options A and B can also be mixed and matched according to one’s vision.

tub installed in Tokyo

Here are some pictures of a beautiful hinoki bathtub installed in Tokyo.
click on the pictures for an enlarged view!

hinoki wood japanese bathtub

hinoki wood japanese bathtub

hinoki wood japanese bathtub

hinoki wood japanese bathtub

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