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    Default A retreat in snowy Japan

    Peter Grigg and his wife, Kanae, used steel girders to built their 5,382-square-foot vacation home on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The steel allows the house, and its flat roof, to withstand the area's heavy annual snowfalls and it has oxidized to give the building an unusual reddish finish.












    A Retreat in Snowy Japan - The New York Times > Great Homes and Destinations > Slide Show > Slide 11 of 12

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    Lovely views and it looks at home in its setting. I like it.
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    Nice home, but not my style. I am into lovely old traditional homes (NOT victorian). I want to know why bamboo grows in Japan where it snows, and when I plant it here, it always dies. It is supposed to be so hardy!

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    I wouldn't want to live there, but I'd love to vacation there for a week or so.

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    the dining room looks like a corporate board room, but i lurv the sunken living room media pit.. it just needs better furniture.
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    Ugh, an entirely rusted house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jansi View Post
    I want to know why bamboo grows in Japan where it snows, and when I plant it here, it always dies.
    Climate varies. Japan is cool in the north but subtropical in the south. Bamboo grows in southern Japan. This house is in the north.

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    i love the rusted steel look. gorgeous house.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    the dining room looks like a corporate board room, but i lurv the sunken living room media pit.. it just needs better furniture.
    yup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jansi View Post
    Nice home, but not my style. I am into lovely old traditional homes (NOT victorian). I want to know why bamboo grows in Japan where it snows, and when I plant it here, it always dies. It is supposed to be so hardy!
    i've got a potted bamboo plant that i put outside in summer & take back inside in winter. i've also got 2 huge agaves. they're potted too so i (we - they weigh a lot!) can move them inside when it starts to freeze.

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    I love this house. I'm jealous that their vacation home is twice the size of my home.

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