Cultural Discovery
Mottainai  – Used with Love
もったいない 日本に息づく気魂の原点

The village of Taketokoro is nestled in the hills of Niigata Prefecture amid beautiful terraced rice field and dotted with 11 traditional houses in colors like light yellow, cherry blossom pink and deep red ocher. They all are homes restored by the German architectural designer Karl Bengs.