Aye up from Tokushima

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Aye up from Tokushima

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Hello all. ;) I'm originally from Lancashire, England but now living in the mountains of central Tokushima with my family.
We love in a town called Kamiyama and have been here for ten years now.
We live in an old kominka with a kayabuki and we've been DIYing it slowly for seven years..
We opened an gallery space in the house last year and have had some great shows partnering up with the Kamiyama Artist in Residence program.
I love the inaka and I'm really fascinated to see how creativity can bloom here.
Hope you're all doing OK and looking forward to diving into this forum.
Ta.

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Welcome to Japan Simple Life Kamiyamajin and thank you very much for taking the time to sign up. How did you manage to find us, if you don't mind me asking, we're not exactly at the top of many Google searches.
Kamiyamajin wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:02 am
Hello all. ;) I'm originally from Lancashire, England but now living in the mountains of central Tokushima with my family.
I really wanted to live in Shikoku when we first moved to Japan, beautiful scenery and fantastic climate, I'm quite jealous of your location.

Kamiyamajin wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:02 am
We live in an old kominka with a kayabuki and we've been DIYing it slowly for seven years..
We opened an gallery space in the house last year and have had some great shows partnering up with the Kamiyama Artist in Residence program.


If you have the time and inclination would love to see some pictures of what you've done with the house. No pressure but I do love to see other folk's DIY projects and it might help other people contemplating a similar course.
Kamiyamajin wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:02 am
I love the inaka and I'm really fascinated to see how creativity can bloom here.
Hope you're all doing OK and looking forward to diving into this forum.
Ta.
Well let me once more extend the warmest of welcomes and hope you enjoy being here, we sometimes go a bit quiet but everyone is pretty friendly.

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Re: Aye up from Tokushima

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Welcome, welcome.
I would also like to chime and request house porn piccies. Haha.

I envy your location very much. It is so energizing living surrounded by creative people.

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Thanks for the warm welcome!

I discovered you guys via a fairly innocuous search for something like 'Japanese mud walls' . I was looking for some info about old Japanese houses for a friend (who has just moved to Kamiyama).

Hopefully I can share some of the experiences I've had with properties and living in the Japanese countryside!

I will post some pictures as soon as I can! :D

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Kamiyamajin wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:06 am
I discovered you guys via a fairly innocuous search for something like 'Japanese mud walls' . I was looking for some info about old Japanese houses for a friend (who has just moved to Kamiyama).
Classic, hadn't thought of that. It's funny how Google works sometimes but glaad you found us anyway.
Kamiyamajin wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:06 am
Hopefully I can share some of the experiences I've had with properties and living in the Japanese countryside!

I will post some pictures as soon as I can! :D
That would be awesome, no hurry or pressure but if you have some free time would be great to see what you've done.

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Kamiyamajin wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:06 am
I discovered you guys via a fairly innocuous search for something like 'Japanese mud walls' . I was looking for some info about old Japanese houses for a friend (who has just moved to Kamiyama).
I live on the way into Tokushima City from Kamiyama and have done some work with mud walls on as I’ve renovated our house. Bamboo backing (Japanese name escapes me), arakabe base layer, sandy nakanuri, homemade shikkui finish. I’d be happy to share what I’ve done and learned. It seems to be working for us but I won’t claim it’s right or easy.