This 120-year-old “minka” (a Japanese private house) in Shiga Prefecture not far from Kyoto was renovated inside in 2007. Architect Chikara Ono of Sinato in Tokyo has performed a brilliant facelift inside the old house by placing a huge white table with the size of 6 tatami mats (107 square feet) as a hub of the owner’s day to day life.

photos: Hiroshi Ueda