We are pleased to announce that FUSHI will be officially open on 15 March 2024.
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ABOUT FUSHI by Tezuka Takaharu

The Akigawa River is originates from a stream that emanates from Mount Mitou in Hinohara Village, at the border between Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefectures.
Fushi is located at the confluence of the Akigawa River and Bonbori River, and to the west is Mount Joyama, a natural mountain fortress.
The steep valleys are carved with clear streams and painted into a unique picture scroll.

The named of Fushi is quoted from Noh`s Master - Zeami Motokiyo`s text - Fushikaden "The Transmission of the Flower of Acting Style".
A topography where the three streams meet, capture the breeze from the east, west, south and north and become the spirit of the land.
The soil contains the water of the Akigawa River and gathers a scared spirit.
The air moisture rises and sublimates into a yellow, brass-coloured dawn. The autumn foliage and yellow leaves shines, not knowing the time it stays.
The surface of the river, hidden under the bosom of the snow, is the colour of the dawn.
All the luxuries from nature dwells at this place.

The roof gives a heroic geometry yet beautifully set into the site.
The low and deep eave, rises 5 feet from the floor, designed to the average eye level of Japanese.
Beyond the roof, the view of Akigawa stretch out panoramically in front of one`s eyes.
This place can be a Noh`s stage too. The stage , is both outside and inside.
There is no pillar to define the boundary. The 32m eave is floating without any pillar.
When one sitting at the outdoor living with the bamboo grove courtyard at the background,
it forms a picture scroll of eternity, an intangible experience that embodies the figure of wind.
The pleasure under the eave is infinite. Rain and snow are also part of the atmosphere here.
On sunny days, the sun shines even brighter, reflects on the eave.

The water is drawn from the ground. It is not a cold spring.
It is the water of Akigawa River, which has reached deep through layers of earth, purified by the leaves and rocks.
The water filled up the bath seamlessly. The bathtub is delicately sculptured by craftsman through months,
rendered into the color of dawn. A moment before the sun rises.
It is also the black that borrowed from the annex building, Kurochaya.
The bathtub filled with water becomes like a piece of black stone,
reflecting the trees in the valley and weaving an infinite illusion.

This architecture is a craft.
Twenty thousands of wood strips are cut out and line together, leaving a small gap of about a hairline.
The wall inside is made horizontally. The wall outside is made vertically.
The inside is to catch the breeze that flow through, while the outside is to manifest the rain that fall vertically.
The eaves are laid with thin pieces of wood and dyed black.
The porous ceiling, which held in place with thin woods , is designed to suppress echoes. The echo of the stream is too strong to be loved as it is.
The basic structure is wooden, but the eave is made of steel.
This is a masterpiece of modern structural engineering. It is to achieve the cantilevered eave that cannot be achieved with wooden structure.
This building is not just a traditional Sukiya style building nor modern building. The style is authentic and sound.
It is a natural form that seeks the wisdom of living in the climate and culture of the Akigawa Valley.

There are two sliding door paintings. They are named as `Dawn` and `Evening`.
Dawn is the faint glow of the moment before the sun rises, while Evening is tinted with the foreboding hues of the moment before the night fall.
However, none of these can be compared with the real scenery in front of the building.
They are such rare and emotionally moved experiences.

A large, sturdy piece of wood placed at the center of the dining room , where the one and only cuisines originated in Akigawa Valley are presented.
No expensive ingredients are used. The flavor of stream flow, breeze, and foods are all here.
The true luxury without luxury. Here it is.

There is an outdoor living at the centre of the building.
Cold in winter. Snow falls. Hot in summer.
The traditional lifestyle of the Japanese, who have effectively live with a simple roof over their heads in this climate, is reinterpreted for this modern time. Modern people, who spend more time in protected environment than necessary, have lost touch with nature.
The wood stove and the valley breeze are the ways to spending time, with the love to nature that uniquely Japanese.
Akigawa Hot Spring
Hot spring covered by deep eave. The greenery of the valley is reflected on the water, giving the sensation of being submerged in Akigawa Valley.
Low Eave
The eave rises 1.5m above the floor, floats 28meters long without any pillar.
The eave is extremely deep, so rain cannot blows in.
The eave is kept low in order to capture the view of the Akigawa Valley like a folding screen painting. Light reflected from the ground illuminates the ceiling.
Fusuma Paintings
Two paintings named "Dawn" and "Evening" are painted on the reverse side of the Japanese sliding screen. The traditional technique of pouring coloured sumi ink on Japanese paper.
The theme is the continuation of the two scenes - before dawn sunrise and sunset of the Akigawa Valley.
Wall lined by thousands of wood strips
The 19mm wood strips are lined parallel with a 1-millimeter gap between them.
This is an extremely skilled and precise craftsmanship in Japan. Not a single nail is visible on the surface.
The Black Rendered Bath
A sculptural bathtub. It is black-coloured to make the bottom of the bathtub invisible.
When filled with hot water, it looks like a piece of black stone, mirroring the green of the valley.
The Mirrored Dining Room
A large, sturdy piece of wood placed at the center of the dining room.
The chef gives the final touch to the cuisine at the front end of the table.