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Century-old Japanese furniture finds new life in millennial homes

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Yes restores antique Japanese furniture and adds its own artistic touches to create unique pieces. (Photo from company's Instagram account)

TOYAMA, Japan -- The city of Takaoka is far from sprawling metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka, with a population of under 200,000 it lays on the Sea of Japan. It is also a lucky place, having escaped the firebombings that devastated much of the country during World War II. This left it with a unique resource -- intact century-old furniture gathering dust in the storehouses of many homes.

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