Chiiori House in Iya Valley, Tokushima Japan｜篪庵. From the http://www.chiiori.org website: “The dream centers on Iya Valley 祖谷, the mythical mountainous region in the center of Shikoku, where Chiiori is located. Sometimes called the “Tibet of Japan,” Iya boasts Japan’s steepest ravines, and until recently preserved hundreds of old thatched houses perched on the misty hillsides.
The Chiiori dream, shared by many people over the years, is to find in Japan a place in the countryside that retains its original beauty, and there to build an eco-friendly community deeply rooted in Japan’s traditional culture.
The many aims and activities at Chiiori include natural agriculture, preservation of old houses and rural life － and the creation of unique and forward-looking projects to revitalize the village. Hopefully these will serve as a beacon for other villages across Japan.”