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2008/08/27

At last!

At last...


Really really last work.











They departured Tokushima at 5 oclock in the morning.
A star of today's theatre and a truck.


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We joined at Nangoku S.A.


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Arrival!!


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Try to put.


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Strong rain.


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"Storm bringers"

Heavy rain・・・・


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Everybody is soaked to the skin.


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"Good job, men!!"

Smiling smiling!

President of Search factory and his staff.
"Today" is added on a list of "legends" of this house.




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railroad sleepersD-san space window
"Human figure series" is completed!






LANDHUIS in Sakawa of today.





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Looks much more natural than before.





All right, it's completed.

I appreciate all the person who concerned in.
For 3 years.

D-san, F-san,
Thank you very much.







posted by uch at 00:00 | 高知 ☁ | Comment(282) | diary

2008/07/02

Some

problems should be solved became clearer.



I couldn't expect .... I am ashamed to say that.








Piping system is one of the biggest.








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Workers of today.
Taking short rest with water melon.






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Boiler machine was moved to new place. Function is O.K. now but looks so bad...I have to do something to it.






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D-san grows garden day by day.


He fills in distance between nature and human.


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2008/05/09

The bench

D-san invented.

Let's deliver public bench on the border between road and our land for inhabitants of this hamlet. They may sit down on the bench to join housewives' gossip...??






Then seat part of it.





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Like this?





Before that,





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Put quick-harden-mortar・・・





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into the dent of seat part...





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He is Mori-san, supervised basement part and concrete part pf the house.





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Waiting for mortar be hardened. D-san stares...





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Shape it quickly "no time, no time!" before hardened 100%.





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Me





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D-san




And..Ichkawa-san, Nakayama-san, Mitani-san.
In total, 6 main persons about "LANDHUIS in Sakawa" suffered this ...and left our prints.




Future people might say "What's this?"
The evidence of our existence in early 21st century.







D-san named it
"THE BUTTOCK GALLERY!!"








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In the evening...
Like one scene of a movie...

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2008/03/31

After a long time,

Nakayama-san (Boss of carpenter group specialised about Temple and Shrine) and No.1 carpenter of "modern house" category in his company, Takai-san appeared.





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To set "SHISHIODOSHI".







Collected mountain-water and overflow from neighbor rice field in the "South pond", is led by bamboo gutter into the "Reflection pond" through "SHISHIODOSHI".






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All together now...









"Ready?"









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Bottom part of "SHISHIODOSHI" is filled by water little by little...and head part start to nod...












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"cu cko--------nn!!!" 

Stainless made holder is made by president of Search factory.









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In -Takai-san's work- gazebo. + Sitting on a couch.
Look like brothers.








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Checking its horiozontality, analizing the reason (why it doesn't work), they commented their opinion as craftman.








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Light a chandelier.

OTAFUKU mask looked so big at another place before, but now ...


"small!"





" Yes, everything looks smaller here..." F-san says.









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Relax time.

Wearing green jacket is Mitani-san at exterior work. He is now closing last stage of whole construction period.







Unbelievably calm mood. I even miss that tense mood during we were struggling with this house...














Put a name plate on those railroad sleepers erected last time.
D-san prepared brass alphabets of their name....then....









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Scatter them at random.
D-san took my ladder away...with delightful smile...










"Random" is O.K. I want some theme behind it...
"SAKURA!" D-san proposed.
Flurry of falling cherry blossoms.






All right.
Like falling from leftside upper part to rightside lower part...












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Wow!








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A line of weeping peach trees in front of "North pond".

STARCK COUCH in between looks comfortable.















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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.41

posted by uch at 00:00 | 高知 ☀ | Comment(254) | diary

2008/03/21

The day

has come, to hand all the keys to client.




This house is yours, D-san and F-san, though some exterior works are left.


It does't seem real yet...


I thought this project would never end.






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Here and there and over there.

Now, many kind of feeling for distance composed by achitecture
and nature and so on make the scene so colorful and rich.







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Yamamoto-san, an electrical engineer, is approaching on wheelchair-way.


Because of his very very mild and warm character, I oftenly
forgot to have time to make arrangement with him, sometimes I turned back to the site from on the way back to Tokushima...







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Ichikawa-san's right hand...or more?...Osaki-san, wearing green shirt.




She carries anything, even if it was very heavy for men, tidies and cleans up the site around. Always appreciates great pains Ichikawa- san has taken, supports him standing behind. Her contribution to this house...it's quite immeasurable.



Apple green colored sliding door from balcony of guestroom-2.
D-san has been insisting to use this color on many parts of this house, he never gave up, and...at last...

Under part of waving roof is also pale mint green.










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It looks much better with their furnitures.

Tables and chairs seem "Modern" but those are rather antique.





Such like Cool mood with inorganic materials never appear on uchino architects's work without input by someone.


"Floor heating? of course!"
In line with such a thought, using wood for floor doesn't make sence. They don't sit on the floor, they don't lie on the floor, they use couch and chair and bed. Choosing unorganic materials is, in this case... yes, correct.





But outside...it still smells like uchino architects's design. ;->













Tere is an old pendulum clock came from Holland with them.
So, where ?








It has been ticking over centuries.
They bought perfectly maintained one at special shop of this kind.









mmm...dinning room? sittinng room?








Oh! I see!!








It was a place for D-san's chair to watch around like cockpit in designing period, but we found it should be "just a space". Behind it, there is one symbolical concrete column.









It was a prompt decision.









We asked Mitani-san who has been visit this site daily to complete garden works.







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He is digging a hole for a hanging bolt.







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"When I was a child, in a church, big pendulum was ticking always.

Sorrounded by this sound, I felt revealed.






We have been admired like "nice sound" "Mmmm..."
...then...







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What?


Suddenly it stopped ticking.
D-san looks confused.
There are some gears and shafts inside. It's so simple.


"We have to wait untill it recalls how to tick by itself."








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sitting room

Positions of furnitures are going to be settled down.








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"Curved shoji screen (both sided)"between dressing room and inner valcony.


It was designed with glass blocks at first. It was changed into shoji screen like this because "cost control" was needed at the moment of contract with C.C.


Now I feel it's much more suitable to be here to explain "why" this house is situated in Japan.






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I tryed to put a glass plate under a "pulpit" in front of the screen. They bought this glass plate for laying under a stove but no use anymore.




"It looks like art-museum-technique"
D-san looks bored...



This pulpit is a "fake" of traditional designed one.
I was so surprised when I tryed to lift it. It's made of sheets of plywood.








Zebra striped couch on this side of the pendulum (photo above)
is "Biedermeier" one.


People living in a certain kind of "class", not real rich, petit bourgeois.
D-san says "It's their taste. Made of imitative materials, ugly, exaggeratly designed furnitures and surroundings. "



These funny things like "fake""ugly" were turned to be another objects by D-san, who always says "Too much makes sense sometime".

I, as well, don't be admired of "just a beatiful, smooth, modern something", tend to put some friction, spots on beautiful things. I really nod my agreement with D-san's thought.


Then, answers after struggling were all "agreements", not compromises as solutions. I never felt such arrangement talk as a stress, thinking back on what happened on the way.








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Time to hand keys.



D-san gave a final speech expressing their gratitude mind.

"Certain it".

Something they have been feeling all through construction period. It can't be counted by money. Something asks nothing in return. Those "certain it" completed this house, and it will never disapear. It remain the same as long as our life.



D-san's speech was full-filled by such a "thanks words".


There were so many crisis which could stop whole process. But D-san's speech had enough energy to blow everything away.








D-san couldn't continue to read sometime.








Ichikawa-san started to talk his ... certain it... quietly.









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"we have been consentrated to do what's should be done".

Tears trickled down his cheeks.


Everybody know it.Then all the workers and Ms. Osaki could follow you, Ichikawa-san. Me too.



Am I too cool? No tear spilled out.



These three years seems just a second compare to "Sakawa life" start today.





Well, here you are.








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memorial photo


"heart rock"looks smaller than before?







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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.40









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I could not leave LANDHUIS a while, talk with Ichikawa-san and Osaki-san observing them making fense.
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2008/03/17

What's this?

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This is a base for name plate...




Sleepers.

Brass alphabets of their name will be fixed on it.


"Different height, position, random anyway" they said.
O.K.... but I think a rule for "random" is needed.






Can you see that D-san and F-san come out and meet us.

D-san is standing one step behind of F-san, of course ;-)











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This area used to be an entrance from the pubric road.
D-san want to put concrete bench here as a retaining wall
called "THE BUTTOCK GALLERY"! Don't miss it!!!











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we are talking about the position of a spot light which works
as security light. It light a lamp itself automatically when somebody approach the house.











Inside of the house...









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Terrazzo kitchen is completed!











above it...









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Fan cover of the range.

Only one of those pipes is connected to outside, of course.








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Original designed fire place and sitting room.












Looking from outside, Mm??









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Four-sided mirror!










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Best height? OTAFUSU-mask on the east wall.








Walking out to the terrace...







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A couple in gazebo.









Is there something hanged beind them?







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It is a bird house came from Holland!

Same shape of this gazebo. What a coincidence...







Trying to control the drainage water of the reflection pond...
We found that three carps are already living here...


We have to stop them not to go out through drain pipe.





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D-san is stopping the leaking from the hole at the bottom of this pond, by his heel!!










They say this is very populer there to dry clothes.
Looks like up-side-down umbrella. Its name is "Rotery dryer"








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Where it should be?










All agendas and works are nearly finished for today.










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Relaxing in the large terrace.








"Well, The day of "THE END" is coming at last..."




I was afraid of these word to hear but naturally
somebady mentioned...


















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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.39


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2008/03/05

Original designed

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fireplace was built in the sitting room.


It was strange when I saw it first time, but now, after piping
with the chimney, it's all right. It is settled down, so to say.








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Large terrace in front of the dinning room is undrer construction.







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This terrace must be nice space!










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The gazebo next to the large terrace is almost finished.

It also need some treatment to stop swinging.

Four colmuned structure easily start to spin without something stabilize it.






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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.38

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2008/02/25

The erection

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of the gazebo has started.





Iron bar arrangement on the right is additional large steps.

The house is almost finished, we found that something
must fill openings between house, gazebo, slope and so on.






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That's it for today.








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In the dinning room 〜 kitchen, He is sticking tiles called
"TASOS". It's so expensive that we nearly gave up to use but
we couldn't find substitution for that.





It's not stone, it's not tile, it's "TASOS".







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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.37
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2008/02/14

It's a

gardening stage.




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Discussing about the position of the post.
Stainless steel made, envelope shaped.



How tall are they (Dutch people)?



It had come from Holland by sea.


Normal Japanese can't pick letters up
from the bottom of that...


Ichikawa,jr. and O-san are watching.






Kitchen counter is under grinding in the
temporary plastic room which was built
by Ichikawa,jr. and Osaki-san against
mortar and stone dust flying-off.







We ordered them to stop grinding,




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Plasterers. "Good job!"




"We can do it on the floor as well."

"really?"



" We will order that kind of finish
to remain your skill."






D-san suddenly pulled his gloves off, and
said,

"You should better to take photo of these
...real hands..."







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Hand tells its history.





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Wheel chair slope is ready for concrete filling.







The south garden is almost done, D-san asks to
carry wooden bench with him from the north garden
to there. I could nothing because I had a backache
this day..





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Partner is ichikawa,jr.

He does anything D-san asks...having smile
on his face always.







And, doing nothing at all, but being in the finder...





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smiling architect...





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080214FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.36



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2008/02/05

Good

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day...


talking How the garden would be finished, with
Kumon-san from Kitazoe C.C., D-san, and me.
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2008/01/31

At this side of

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Sakawa town, in Hidaka village, in an iron works.


Original designed stove of the sitting room.






We built it temporarily to try to push and swing...


Base plate looks enough thick and heavy.
But still it is not strong enough, stable enough
against shaking and pushing.


We tried to find good solution, physically,
and aethtetically.

Finally we did. I think.









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President of TOMINAGA FITTINGS Made this with all his might.



Trial manufacture for the exhibition worked on it,
It looks evolved much.



It's difficult to point what nor where
but it's clear it looks much smart.






Observating their belongings which just carried into
the house, there is a big table with unnaturally
thin top.











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Gee, I see.



It looks a kind of foul for me tend to do it
with fatter timber...
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2008/01/30

Casting boards

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were formed. Reflection pond.







It's shallow on this side and it's deep there
along the ground level. Water will overflow
into the gutter around in rainy season.









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The rock steps guide us to the south pond on
the left side of white bench.








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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.35





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2008/01/22

Outside

works.







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Catch basin from south pond.


Water flows from the bottom of this basin
even in the dryest season. Why don't we
use it as supply water to this...











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reflection pond here.



One pipe leads water under the ground
and flow it at the bottom of the pond.


Another line will be made of bamboo,
lead water above the ground, and water
will be released on the surface through
SHISHIODOSHI.






Imagine its sound echoes in the forest...








Edge line of the pond traces the line of
eaves of the big roof.

Reflected sunshine will be dancing on
naked concrete ceiling of the sitting room...








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On the border between the land and the road,
D-san intend to make a bench for neigbors.





D-san says...on that...

"Ichikawa-san, Uchino-san, of course
I will join..."






"Let's seal on the seat by our bottoms!"
"It's ART!"
"Make a film of making scene, update it on your HP!"
"I'm not joking, It will be super advertisement!"







D-san...it..is..ah...I SEE!

















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2008/01/15

From the

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Northwest










And this is...











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Southwest









The border of two-tone colouring,
East border lies on









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the corner of the porch.









D-san produced this waving concrete pavement
for adjusting of ex-terraced rice fields,
making unmuddy path, weeding, and so on...





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Like waving roof flied down to the ground.
Beautiful.








And I found today another thing, again.
A secret of ICHIKAWA jr...







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He couldn't find memo around,
He started to do the sums on his tape measure...


Oh...
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2008/01/08

No moduler bath,

No readymade tub.

After long time, I designed original one.






Concrete slub under floor tile is already isolated
from ground, above that, bath tub is isolated from
surrounding concrete walls and floor, on five faces.









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Thare is a bench inside to sit down soaking
lower half of the body.










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Exterior work like making stone wall,
reflection pond, pavement are starting.






D-san ask









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to move this container.


"What!?"
"No! you said what?"
"Impossible..."


Workers complain unanimously but,
Big machine will come weeks later...

Can we do it?





Leader (in light blue working clothes ) muttered
"It looks difficult....mmm..."

D-san asked me
" What did he say? Difficult? O.K.! He will manage!"








D-san has been doing with his large garden
steadly for over a year. Some part he ask
them to help.

He knows leader's phrase "difficult"
means "let me"...










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Moving. Red shirts who looks powerless
...it's me.


Using wooden planks as rails,
square timbers as levers,
after some minutes...











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Yeah--- we did it.






By the way...

While checking details by all of us,
suddenly D-san pulls my sleeve, what?











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ICHIKAWA jr from ICHIKAWA C.C.

Not so old mobile phone and
realy well-thumbed telephone book.






"I can't enter numbers into mobile."

"These two make a set in my office,
at the site, everywhere."





He is in his thirties. Not so old.
He is so talented to draw plans using PC.
He is not able to use mobile phone.


It's laughable.
It's not laughable.
Even he reminds us something.













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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.34


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2007/12/26

Gazing

as an inspector...






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Sitting room.



"LIGHT DROPS WINDOW"






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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION N0.33
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2007/12/22

The uneaven

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parallel SHOJI.











Space wears certain air with lights.










Something...











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interesting.



Overlapping shadows on the round wall reminds me
mountains in the distance.









It's...









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their doing!


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2007/12/18

Looking

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over the plum tree, around entrance.

There is one same angled photo
here, in concrete working period.






Mitani-san came back to this site after one year
approx. We had a meeting about draining and schedule
of exterior finishing work.



To check the position of piping and so by PC,
we tried to use the battery of Ichikawa-san's
small truck...








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"Too light to see the monitor."






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Aren't you peeking something dubious...?"
(Looks like SHISHIMAI 《Lion Dance》 )!)







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Hiking?

D-san is explaining his new project "EAST POND".








Inside...







coloured...








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Round wall.

"Green" and "white" colours made the space mild.






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Wall furniture on the EAST wall.
Yes, it's blue.






and this is the...






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Square shaped toilet!

So cool! But small bottomed one may stuck in...









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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.32


Scadffolds will be taken off soon.
I'm little sad...




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2007/12/11

Peeling

day!


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Scaffolds have gone, Floor finishing has started,

"Is the cover of the heart rock still needed?"
D-san asked me.

"The heart rock has been in the ground for hundreds
years or more, isn't it better to dry it sooner?"


"Well, let me see..."
(You just want to peel it, I guess...
yeah I think you are right...and...me...too!)


"Shall we do it today? right now?"

"Really? (delightedly)







then




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un!

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deux!

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trois!!

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BANZA-I!!!



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Commemorative photo of the "peeling day".

"Ah-I couldn't see that..."
(Ichikawa-san looks little blue...)











Plasterers had started to finish sitting-room
floor yesterday.





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It will be finished with middle gray mortar.
They are setting thin alminium pieces as a decoration and
as a prevention against cracks of mortar in advance.


Plasteres are checking colleagues work.

"Ah- isn't your one little bit warped?"
"Hah...n?"

Criticizing their craftmanship each other,
Well done! men!


Since
TOSA plaster house,they have been our collaborator.
They are quite trusty.




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This is the counter formed out of fat raw timber.
It's existing there.


In the price adjusting period, It was more simple
and thinner.


"I heve nice stock of fat raw cider wood for
this counter."

Nakayama-san upgraded it unbelievably...



Approaching the last phase of construction,
oftenly I hear collaborators voice like

"This is certainly expensive compare to
original plan, but we take this way..."




They found something, I guess.
It started at the quite begining of this site,

Good job educates following workers.

Concrete works (result) whispered in carpenter's ear.
Timber work (result) told something to another workers.

Directly it infected next and next.


Architect is nodding alone...
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2007/12/04

Some

details...







Nowadays we tend to use moduler bath.

After a long time,




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concrete bath tub just before tile works.

This tub is also isolated from concrete structure
on four side and its bottom by styrene form.

Concrete structure is isolated from ground already,
I thought it is enough but D-san didn't think so.









Usually I use 3-ply cider board as a dressing
counster.








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This time I tried 7-ply one.
A square ceramic sink will be on that.


"Basicaliy,"
D-san said in the begining of the project.

"I don't like circle. Anyway square! rectanguler!!
O.K. sometime I accept circle...
as long as it's square."


Completely square, rectanguler...
Downlight, handles, sink...
Toilet!! I'm looking foward to see real one.









Tokonoma-post is fixed.
Walls are just plastered.

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Guest room 1 (Japanese style)

"The uneven parallel windows" are waiting for shoji.







From the inner balcony,

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Back of the White Tiger. Just before painting.


Does the strip on the floor and under part of the
wall look curved? It is not an illusion.
"Bow-shape joined shoji(double sided)" will divide
dressing room from inner balcony.









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FIXED POINT OBSERVATION No.31



Concrete wall was covered by siding boards.
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