Toranoko Nursery in Yamanashi

This project by Takashige Yamashita Office (TYO) is a small nursery in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The site offers a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. With some houses and farms spread out in its neighborhood, it creates a peaceful, but at the same time, a bit deserted atmosphere.

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The Japanese have an interesting term, toranoko, which literally means “tiger cub.” It is a pejorative term. When you call someone a toranoko, you mean that he is a paper tiger, someone who appears brave but is actually a coward. That is the description of clinging to habitual patterns. You may make feeble attempts to expose your cowardice. Using eloquent language, you may make a confession, saying, “I know I’m not all that fearless,” but even your confession is still an expression of toranoko, a fat tiger cub who is afraid of his own shadow, afraid to jump and play with the other cubs.
—  Overcoming Habitual Patterns, Chögyam Trungpa.
Toranoko, Little Tokyo, LA

Antoinette took us out for drinks after the photoshoot. She and Tami had a couple of this fruity vodka that Toranoko make themselves. For someone who’s allergic to alcohol, this was unfortunate.

Well, I had a ginger beer and it was delicious. Light and refreshing :)

Fried squid for the tummy.