Capture Kamakura’s Creative Spirit
A Kamakura couple commissioned this house in 1974, an ideal place to raise a family.
Tucked away in a secluded neighborhood, the 2-story house is surrounded by plum trees (梅) and hydrangea (紫陽花), which does a pretty good job of obscuring the building from public sight.
It is situated on an elevated bit of land, and to get to the front door you must ascend a stone staircase, which terminates not at the front door but at the entrance to a small garden pathway leading to the vestibule.
Inside on the first floor, you’re greeted with a wide genkan that splits in three directions: to a study, a dining room, and a hallway taking you deeper into the house, past the stairway to the second floor. The latter 2 both ultimately lead to the kitchen, which is about three times the size of the typical Japanese kitchen, and features cupboards and central prepping island.
Up the stairs to the second floor, you will discover a number of bedrooms and living rooms, some in the traditional tatami styling, and others more Western. A bath & shower room faces the back of the property, looking out into lush green forest through wide windows, and there are front-facing verandas overlooking the rest of the city from the house’s high vantage point.
This house also sports a dark room for photo-processing, which could easily be unique in Kamakura and quite rare across Japan. Of course, you can also use the dark room for whatever you like, but for those of you with an interest in chemical processing, this could be a 1-in-a-million chance!