Our favorite quote on aging?
“Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.” Author unknown.
One question, though: Are we allowed to regret not growing older in proximity to Jikka, this beautiful little five-hut complex tucked in the mountains of Tokyo’s Shizuoka Prefecture?
Because hot damn.
Outside, it looks like an airy cluster of five teepee-shaped huts. Inside, the concrete and timber interiors have bright open spaces optimized for the services they provide, such as nursing, rehabilitation and prep space for a meal-delivery program. There is also a spiral pool designed for people in wheelchairs.
We love the modern look of the concrete walls, with vaulted ceilings and naturally filtered light.
The entire complex is just over 1,000-square-feet, and sets a good precedent for design-forward social services buildings.
Beats Silver Acres, that's for sure.