Profile: While working in Tokyo, Ms O visits Echigo-Tsumari regularly and enjoys meeting with the locals. She looks forward to staying longer and growing vegetables when she will have more spare time.
Her minka is the “Shedding House”, which was created as part of the artworks of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2006. The 150-year-old minka itself has become one of the most popular artworks, in which every surface, from floor to ceilings, and from columns to beams, are carved by hand. Shedding House is available for anyone to stay.
Old minka bear the accumulated wisdom of the life and culture of the region. The number of abandoned houses has increased since the Great Chuetsu Earthquake in 2004. The Echigo-Tsumari Art Field seeks a way to retain these unoccupied houses in the region and utilize them in collaboration with artists and architects.