Peek Inside Japanese Artist’s Cedar Home, You Can Almost Smell The Wood.

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The Yoshino Cedar House is a beautiful place to visit.

The Yoshino Cedar House, located near Osaka, Japan, is a beautiful place to visit and maybe spend the night. It’s an AirBnb that was built by local craftsmen and carpenters. They used sustainable red cedar that came from the nearby mountains. The cedar planks offer a very relaxing environment to spend the night in.

The retreat was not only built by locals, but they also own it and run the daily operations. It was designed from collaborations between Airbnb designers, Samara and architects Go Hasegawa. The goal was to give the community something that would bring them another source for income.


It's located near Osaka, Japan, and was built by local craftsmen and carpenters. They used sustainable red cedar that was harvested from the mountains nearby.

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It's a community run retreat.

It was created from a collaboration between Airbnb designers, Samara and architects Go Hasegawa. They wanted to give the community something to run that would bring them another source for income.

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The locals had a hand in the design.

Since they were going to be taking it over once it was built, the locals played a major part in the design of the building. They took part in the harvesting and cutting of the timber, the design and the construction.

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It is owned and operated by the community.

It's meant to pay homage to the local tradition of the community. They hope it will also bring about new relationships amongst it's residents.

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It's both modern and old school.

Someone close to the operation said that “Every detail of the structure inspires connection to the people of Yoshino and their underlying traditions.” It's truly a project with multiple meanings and hopes.

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It came about in 2016.

The 2016 event, Kenya Hara's House Vision, is where the building was initially created. The show is an exhibition for community led projects to boost the economies of small towns.

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The area is beautiful but in trouble.

The small town has an aging population that is growing smaller by the day. It is hoped that with this project the area will get an influx of younger generations.

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The A frame allows natural light to flow in.

It's designed so the light from outside comes in the through the A frame at the top of the building. The light floods the inside giving everyone plenty to see.

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Locals took part in the design.

They wanted it to have uncluttered, simple rooms and they also wanted unfiltered, natural light inside. The design is almost flawless in terms of giving them what they wanted.

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It's located right on theYoshino River.

That allowed builders plenty of warm hued cedar planks to choose from for building. The patterns from them are said to create a peaceful, calming atmosphere.

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All of the cedar came from nearby.

The AirBnB was built entirely with cedar that came from the nearby mountains. The locals, who benefit from it, helped build it and now run it.

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The Yoshino Cedar House bedroom.

Simple and uncluttered is the goal they were going for and as you can see they attained that. It's a beautiful room that only has the basics, if that.

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