This project is part of the "House Vision 2" exhibition, which runs from July 30 through August 28, 2016 in Tokyo.
Project DescriptionFROM HOUSE VISION:
MUJI and Atelier Bow-Wow conceived of a dual residence in the farm and city. MUJI interacts with a village called Kamanuma at the heart of Boso Peninsula. It is a delightful settlement similar to others all over Japan, where the people involved in growing rice are getting older and are looking for some help during rice planting and harvesting. During these periods, MUJI helps in several ways, including calling out to the public to bring people together in small rice planting and harvesting events. Although the harvest size is economically insignificant, rice farming is not just for economic reasons. Rice is the core of Japan's cultural climate. It is not that rice was cultivated within the Japanese culture, rather it is Japan's culture that was born from the rice paddies. Managing rice fields gave birth to the wisdom of water management and the beautiful scenery, while the straw left over after the harvest was turned into rope, straw sandals and New Year decorations. This lifestyle should never be allowed to die out. People able to work anywhere as long as they have a computer are working while gazing at the view of rice paddies. This is the Terraced Rice Field Office.