As a relay point from the Sea of Japan to the Kyoto Osaka via Lake Biwa, Imazu had lots of lodgings and shops and was prosperous as a port town. It was also the only entertainment district in Kosei (west of the lake) from Meiji to the early Showa period. Some buildings will leave a remnant of that era. Among them, Fukudaya boasted the highest status. It was an Imazu's landmark.
This is a project to revive the Fukudaya.
Revive the building
Reviving the building means returning it to a living state. It is different from restoring just as it used to be. Although historical consideration is essential, I think beyond that, approaching the core part that makes the building alive is most important.
Like many old buildings, Fukuda has been living by being gradually reworked over many generations. Reshaping the appearance according to the times is must for the business. The lattice in front of Fukudaya has also changed from wood to iron, and again to wood. The presence around the bank has also shifted. The back part of the building added afterward. There were many changes in the structure from the previous Edo period.
It was necessary to restore while taking advantage of such dynamism of change.
There were many lodges along the old road of Imazu. The front faces the street and the back opens to Lake Biwa with the sandy beach. It was really a pleasant evening to stay at that historical place, watching the moon reflected on the water, and falling asleep with the sound of the waves.
It was the beginning of this project. I wanted to revive the lodgings, restore the old Hatago (old Japanese inn) street, make moderate prosperity of the town, and reproduce the time of the bliss.
The style of accommodation is changing now. The time of mass facility has ended, Accommodations designed to individual individuals become necessary. It is a trend that the purpose of traveling is to stay instead of staying for a trip. An inn that can taste "time" is required.
We want to make "real comfort" on the old street of Imazu. There are many cases where popular commercialism breaks tradition. The idea of "moderate prosperity" is what we need. And it is appropriate to keep "authenticity" by avoiding the deliberate fake of "sightseeing spot."
Fukudaya was a landmark of Imazu. I hope to continue spinning the historical story of Takashima by reviving its radiance.