Shishi-Iwa House, Karuizawa, Japan

Today, I learned a new word from the article I translated. The word is green hipster. The term to describe modern urban people who seem to love nature and wilderness, for a while.

Whether a green hipster or not, or no matter how much I hate caterpillars, I have subconsciously tried to bring myself closer to nature as much as I can. I grew up in a home surrounded by lush gardens and trees, and I liked to keep my colleagues at office busy watering my little plants when I was away for business trips.

I’m not a big fan of Japan (may be too overrated… ok I’m a hipster lol), but one thing I love is the close relationship between people and nature. And Shishi-Iwa House in Karuizawa seems to reflect this relationship in the best way. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Shigeru Ban, each unit features a private garden. The buildings are built from timber so that they become part of the surrounding forest. A restorative retreat, the place lets you connect with nature as well as yourself.

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