These rustic homes from farmland and fishing villages epitomize the unadorned beauty that is the essence of Japanese artistry and reflect an intimate bond with nature. Powerful posts and beams arch high overhead, supporting soaring roofs and spacious interiors that open up to the garden. Naturally curved beams are woven into the structure of this folk house, built in the late 1600s and preserved at Nihon Minka-en, an outdoor museum near Tokyo. The beams are locked together with carved joints unique to Japanese carpentry.
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