Though this office contains electronic equipment enabling the owner to run a high-tech company from his home, it has the simplicity of traditional Japanese design. The floor is a combination of 6 tatami-mats and white cedar. The ceiling is red cedar paneling and walls are covered with Japanese mud plaster. Shoji window screens can be raised vertically or slide open horizontally. The room includes a traditional Japanese alcove (tokonoma). A maple table (3x 9), made by Sakaguchi-san, can be lowered and raised by a hydraulic lift from a rectangular depression in the floor. When the table is stored, it is covered with a tatami mat providing more floor space in the room. A built-in desk for computer equipment also has a depression in the floor below it enabling Western-style sitting. A built-in flat screen allows for long distance conferencing. Both the desk and flat screen can be hidden by sliding doors.
Bathing Room (ofuro)
The bathing room has a black granite soaking tub with white cedar frame. The materials are repeated in the wall paneling giving it a clean, elegant look. For aesthetic purposes, black stones surface the area between the tub and wall.
The half bathroom, also serving as an entrance to the bathing room, includes two sinks, a granite counter top, and madrone floor. The tansu-style sink cabinet is maple with hand-forged iron handles. The small wall cabinet door is made of thin, woven maple slats (ajiro). On the right wall are storage cabinets.