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An Idyllic Week in the French Countryside: A Traditional Guest House from Shimane Prefecture

June 29, 2012

Three days ago I returned from a week as a guest at Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllic design retreat in the rural area of  Lessac, France.  On site at Boisbuchet is a late Edo period (ca. 1860) guest house from Shimane Prefecture, Japan, which is beautiful–and beautifully sited on the grounds of a chateau, whose age is the same as the guest house.A view of the chateau from the Japanese guest house is shown, above.

A team of Japanese carpenters re-built this house on-site–they also stuccoed the house on-site, as well.

The contrast between traditional Japanese vernacular architecture with French style is striking.  Above is another view onto the chateau from the Japanese house.

Domaine de Boisbuchet is a heaven-on-earth and I urge you to peruse their website to learn more.  The summer workshops they offer to students and professionals are unparalleled in the quality of the content and in the world-class design professionals who lead the workshops.  And the feeling of camaraderie between the participants is a joy to behold, as is the spirit of innovation and critical thinking that abounds at Boisbuchet.  You may want to consider taking a workshop next summer.

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Sri at Biwa Restaurant, Portland, Oregon

June 16, 2012

Early last month I wrote a posting saying that I was happy to have a show at Biwa restaurant in Portland, Oregon.  The show’s been up for about six weeks now–it runs through the summer–and I thought I’d show some photos.Looking at these photos of happy people enjoying Biwa’s delicious Japanese food always gets me hungry.  And I love the way Kina and Gabe installed the textiles; beautifully done.Friends and I celebrated at Biwa after the opening of the show at the Portland Japanese Garden that was held last November.  I’ll always remember that wonderful night.  The food was delicious: I think we ordered more than one kimchi kara-age, which I first read about in Bon Appetit magazine, whose Andrew Knowlton here gives kudos to Gabe’s tori kara-age where the recipe is also shown.  I just wish I had tried the tan tan udon!

Wouldn’t you like to visit Biwa, too?

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