Yomiuri Weekly Periodical
“Invitation to Country Living”
February 16, 1992
Thomas Matsuda, Age 35
Location: Oshika Village, Nagano Prefecture
Housing: Rented house
Duration: Six years
Mr. Matsuda is a third generation Japanese-American. After Graduating from a university in New York, he did not take a steady job for long. During that time, he lived with Native Americans, and truly learned the importance of nature and the environment. Through introduction of a friend he became enamored with woodcarving and was captivated by this interest. At about the same time; He came to Japan at age 26.
After studying woodcarving for two years with a sculptor in Kyoto, he went to Oshika Village six years ago. Cultivating an acre of land, he supplies everything for himself. He installed a water pipe too. He cuts his own firewood. There are three people living together, his wife (35) and five year old son.
Top: Father and son peacefully playing in the mountainous region.
Middle: Inside the house, he is starting a fire using a bamboo blow tube.