Some mornings, it’s great to leap out of bed with energy, pep and excitement. Other mornings, I like to stay relaxed and quiet, letting the day wash over me as I slowly wake up. Today was one of those quiet days, and as I watched the documentary trailer above, I felt myself falling into a calming morning “Zen” state of mind. Filmmaker Davina Pardo has been working on a short documentary called Minka* about a 250-year-old farmhouse in Japan that was restored by an American journalist and his adopted Japanese son, architect Yoshihiro Takishita. Davina describes it perfectly as, “an intimate story about place, architecture, memory and the meaning of home.” I was struck by the serenity of the space, and how both men felt that the home (despite its state of disrepair when they found it) had a strong sense of life and light. The love that went into restoring it is evident and the film is a testament to the power of having a place to call your own.
In addition to airing this trailer, Davina started a Kickstarter fund to support the finishing of the film. Sadly, the journalist featured in the film, AP foreign correspondent John Roderick, passed away in 2008, but the film has much story left to tell. I think it’s a wonderful project and I hope you’ll check it out if you have a few moments. Viewing the trailer is such a peaceful way to spend five minutes. Click here to watch the video on Vimeo and to read more about the project and click here to donate to the film’s Kickstarter fund. xo, grace
*In Japanese, “Minka” is the name for private homes, usually a type owned by farmers, artisans and merchants. John Roderick wrote a book about his experience with the home, as well.