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 remain as a remnant of that era. Among them, Fukudaya boasts the highest status. It is an Imazu 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, Fukudaya has lived by being gradually reworked over many generations. Reshaping the appearance according to the times is a must for the business. The lattice in front of Fukudaya has also changed from wood to iron, and back again to wood. The presence around the bank has also shifted. The back part of the building was added afterward. There were many changes in the structure from the previous Edo period. It was necessary to restore while taking advantage of this 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 to the sound of the waves.
So began this project. I wanted to revive the lodgings, restore the old Hatago (old Japanese inn) street, create moderate prosperity for the town, and reproduce an atmosphere of the bliss.
The style of accommodation is changing now. The time of mass facility has ended, Accommodations designed for individuals has become necessary. The trend is now 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.