- “Tatami” mat is something important in Japanese architecture. “rush” is the material of tatami.
- Guest’s laughing voices are echoed in the 200 years old Japanese old house
- Rediscovering the local cultures.
Hi everyone, this is Minakuchi, the chief editor of COMINCA TIMES.
Today, I would like you to introduce IGUSA guest house. This name has its value here in Hayashima-cho, in Okayama.
“Tatami” mat is something important in Japanese architecture. “rush” is the material of tatami.
“IGUSA guest house” was named after Igusa or rush, the material for tatami mat as specialty of Hayashima-cho. To output the local history and customs that have been cared in Hayashima-cho, and connect outside, the owner thought rush is the best name because rush was used to be a centre of people’s lives. Hayashima was used to be a floating island on the sea. Rush is strong and tolerant of salt. So, rush has been grown here to cultivate.
IGUSA guest house is not only limited to its name, but actually growing rush. In addition to this, they make something other than tatami mat with using cultivated rush. There is an exciting space that looks like a hideout, and they make place mats with using colourfully dyed rush.
Guest also can experience weaving rush so that they can feel the connection between rush and Hayashima-cho that will be a good memory for them.
Guest’s laughing voices are echoed in the 200 years old Japanese old house
As I may previously said this before, but what important about Japanese old house-style guest house are historical background and people who are related to the business.
When these two elements are combined, a precious value will be created. If the rush was a historical background, I would say Ms. Tokunaga, the owner of the guest house is the person who makes a good atmosphere here. She is very energetic and has a motto “Live happily. If you are smiling, people will be gathered naturally.” As shown as in her motto, people are gathered in this house again, and the place became vitalized. Foreign visitors are especially amazed at the roof of this guest house.
Rediscovering the local cultures.
At IGUSA guest house, there was a seminar held under the theme of “to create the job that can make a livelihood. ” There were in total 11 people from 8 different organization/company such as community builders and owners of Ryokan came. They discussed what they can do to create jobs that can pay for living, and what they should focus on. This time, the event was held to rediscover the local cultures and customs.
There must be some historical backgrounds or cultures where people used to live.
It might sounds little exaggerating, but it just might be the reason why people used to live.
Rediscovering the “reason” why people used to live where might have been weathered, and create the new “value” by following the reason sounds so cool.
They run their business according to the important material “rush” in the local. This might be a good model case for those who are running same kind of guest house business.
■IGUSA guest house
【writer Takayuki Minakuchi from COMINCA TIMES】
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