Paul had Abe Coley and Rory Page with him to review Just Enough: Lesson on Living Green from Traditional Japan by Azby Brown.
A visual visit to a carpenter’s home in the city.
Most spaces are described by the number of mats which often cover the wooden floors; this house is a 6 mat house or 15’ X 13’ and houses a family of 3.
Paul discusses the “tiny house” norm of Edo, with everything including walls, stoves, workspace and sleep space being mobile in order to change the function of their space when needed . There’s wonderful descriptions of the care taken to enhance the beauty of their indoor space, including a lime/oyster/seaweed paste form of plaster that is applied in layers and polished much like the Venetian plaster of Europe. Similarities between these homes and tee-pees are also discussed regarding heat/smoke.
There’s further discussion about the communities sufficiency regarding fuel usage and meals.