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Fujiya (Ginzan hot springs, Yamagata) — A traditional Japanese inn breathtakingly redesigned by Kengo Kuma

2016.10.28

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Unmistakably traditional design with a Kengo Kuma twist

Fujiya is an inn located in the Ginzan hot springs of Obanazawa, Yamagata, an area that rocketed to national and even international fame in the 1980s as the setting of the Japanese television serial Oshin. The area has a charmingly rustic feel, with inns standing shoulder-to-shoulder along the Ginzan river, but Fujiya in particular demands attention.

rd850_044_02Fujiya has been in business since the Edo period (1603–1868), but in 2006 it was renovated with a stunning new design by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The reborn Fujiya has a delicate strength to it that, combined with its unmistakably Japanese atmosphere, makes in stand out like a beacon at the Ginzan hot springs.

 

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