“I believe that there is a part of Japan that is still stubborn, still saying 'no' to westernization,” writes Jan Niemand, the author of Brave Little House (BLH). BLH is a website that captures one of Japan’s many contrasts, the juxtaposition of old and new, with a treasure trove of photos depicting traditional wood shingled houses that refuse to be muscled out by their newer, broad-shouldered neighbors. More than that, these brave little houses are what Niemand calls “a metaphor of this balance between the complicated and the simple, the loud and the silent, the full and the void.”
One house that might feel right at home on the BLH website is Asako House, shown in the video below. It just might be the bravest little house in all of Japan.