House on Gleason Lake was inspired by Japanese Golden Pavilion

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House on Gleason Lake was inspired by Japanese Golden Pavilion “It's a magical place, especially Kyoto,” said homeowner Carolyn Ruff. “We were … Inside, the house has a third-floor “tatami room,” designed to incorporate the traditional floor mats made of woven rush grass that the Ruffs brought back from Japan … Read more on Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Solid, Comforting Family Member Periodically, he would remove the woven place mats that protected it from mealtime spatters, tipping a tall cylindrical container of oil onto it. Then, with a clean rag, he would anoint the wood, sweeping his arm back and forth. The table, still so … Read more on New York Times

Immigrant beat: Somali culture museum in the works The Minneapolis restaurant owner recently gave me a crash course on Somali history and culture, leading me down some creaky steps to a basement decorated with hand-carved wooden bowls and spoons, woven prayer mats and paintings of nomadic goat herders … Read more on Minneapolis Star Tribune

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