Friday, March 26, 2010

Japanese Room Now Finished

Having lived in Japan for 10 years, we desired to create a Japanese Room when we added the new addition to our building.
The name of this room is "Kaizen no ma" which means the space of continual improvement.

This room has been designed as a place of study and for meetings. We also frequently use this room to study Japanese. Bob is the 'sensei'.

Our employees may use this room to brainstorm new ideas or to contemplate.

The furnishings may look plain or unfinished to some, but this room design is authentic. The mats are made out of straw. The room is designed to bring nature inside. It is very simple, yet beautiful.

An area to display art.

A quilt that features one of the most famous temples in Japan, Kinkakuji, hangs in the alcove. There will be more on this quilt in a future blog.


  1. What a beautiful room and quilt. And you show how much you value your employees by providing such a room to brainstorm and/or contemplate in. More employers would benefit from following your lead. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the room, and can't wait to hear more about the quilt. This moring I was at my Block of the Month meeting, and heard about new classes that will be at the shop. Imagine my surprise and delight when I heard the first class mentioned. Bob will be doing the Threadology class. I'm scheduled for vacation at that time, but hopefully I'll be able to attend. Oh, the shop? Odegaards in Flagstaff.