A few months before the office was established, I had taken a 1000km trip in India, from Bombay to New Delhi. Of all the extraordinary and inspiring things I had come across during my journey, the two things I remember most were the scent of soil and the energy of life. As soon as I returned to Japan, I set up Rustic Architects Design Studio, "rustic" representing the scent of soil and simplicity, in hope of establishing an office that holds memories of basic living that had seemed almost forgotten.