Japan Foundation Los Angeles / Special JAPANEMA
Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California
Life Is Getting Beautiful. Documentary of Old Architect Couple
Life is Fruity (91mins, 2017)
In Japanese with English subtitle
Directed by Kenshi Fushihara / Narrated by Kirin Kiki
In-person Discussion with Kirin Kiki (Narrator), Kenshi Fushihara (Director) and Katsuhiko Abuno (Producer)
April 13, 2018, 7:00PM
The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Auditorium
5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Admission Free: Reservation is not required.
Enjoy Fresh Sunkist Oranges & Marmalade (prepared by a food expert Naoko Takei Moore)
This documentary was produced by Tokai TV in Nagoya, Japan, and directed by Tokai TV staff Kenshi Fushihara.
A 90-years-old architect Shuichi Tsubata lives with his wife Hideko in a one-storied house in the woods in Aichi prefecture. He built this house after the house of his master, Antonin Raymond. They grow many kinds of vegetables and fruit in their garden and harvest the crops to make their living. Their lives embody the ideal of people in this modern age.
As a skilled architect, Shuichi was in charge of a planning of a new town 50 years ago. He wanted to build houses that can coexist with woods, but his idea was rejected by the time of economic-first policy.
As a result, houses far from nature were built. Shuichi left his work, purchased land in the new town, and built a house for him and his wife. They grew crops and woods there to make their living slowly and steadily.
One day, a client visits Shuichi to ask for his architectural design. The order is a challenge for Shuichi to realize his ideal building that can coexist with nature.
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