For staying guests only! Learn about people's lives through the 5000 year history/thatch craftsman experience
Thatch roof houses are houses with roofs made of "kaya," a plant in the Poaceae grass family. They have been used for Japanese homes since long ago, but are rapidly disappearing in recent years due to lifestyle changes and a decline in materials. There are still many well-preserved thatch roof houses built during the Edo period (1603-1867) remaining in nature-rich Miyama, located in the center of Kyoto Prefecture. Miyama is popular for its scenery that changes through the seasons and is known overseas for it's unspoilt Japanese landscape.
The culture of thatch roofing is not unique to Japan, and this architectural style can be seen in Europe and Scandinavia as well. There is currently an international thatch roof boom. The shape varies slightly depending on the country and region. The thatch roofs of Miyama are characterized by soft rounded curves and a beautiful and even configuration that extends to the edge. It is necessary to do a "fuki-kae" to replace the "kaya" of the roof once every 20 years. Experience the Satoyama lifestyle through the "fuki-kae" process that is filled with the wisdom and sense of beauty of people's lives.
Miyama's carefully preserved "fuki-kae" is imparted by craftsmen!
Craftsmen that preserve Miyama's thatch roofs will provide a lecture on the fundamentals. After learning through a series of videos about the history of thatch roofs, international styles, and an experiment to find out why thatch roofs do not leak during rain, it is time for the hands-on experience! It takes some time to get the hang of it, but be assured that there will be careful instruction and repetition. The lush fragrance of the "kaya" is healing. In the past, the thatch roofs were protected by mutual support networks of villagers called "tanomoshiko." We will divide the roles into villagers and craftsmen and recreate the thatch roof setting.
After the experience is over, relax in the rustic yet stylish Japanese-style house.
After the thatch roof experience, let's relax in the rustic Japanese-style house. The building can be rented so that one group can use it exclusively and spend time without feeling constrained. We recommend enjoying traditional Japanese sweets and tea while sitting on the veranda and viewing the abundant nature. A food service is also provided in which you can cook and eat local vegetables and game. A minibar, beer server, and wine cellar are also included, making it a perfect retreat for adults who enjoy drinking.