House of the Month–A Japanese Farmhouse for Sale

by Bruce on July 8, 2014

In Japan, minka, or “houses of the people,” are traditional countryside dwellings. Beautifully built and exhibiting the Japanese reverence for wood and honest design, they are also in danger as rural areas have emptied out over the decades. One, a c. 1850 home originally built for a wealthy farmer in the snow country of Fukui Prefecture, has been deconstructed, stored in Japan, and is now available through Landvest.


Over 4,000 square feet, it has the muscular timberframe and soaring spaces typical of the form. The asking price is $1,350,000–delivery and assembly not included. For more information, contact Terrence Maitland at 617-357-8949 or


For a powerfully affecting look at the romance of minka and one man responsible for their rescue, set aside 15 minutes to watch this beautiful film:

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