Yesterday, it was a holiday here in Japan, so we got out for a quick picnic with my family and nieces.
It was about 30 mins ride from my house, but it was quite INAKA (rural area), and there I found a place you can visit an old house. It is called “Hakogi-ke house” another name is Hakogi Thousand-year House, so the house is about 1000 years old.
Actually this house was moved to here from the original place when they built a dam around here, but it’s just amazing that a house lasts 1000 years. And this house is not only so old, but also really huge. The guy Hakogi must have been one of the richest man at that time.
This is how it is inside of the house (half of it), the other half where I was standnig called Doma, a floor of compacted earth.
Here you can see Doma.
And this is how you see the roof from inside.
and the mortise and tenon joint.
They said the wooden floor were really rare that time, because wooden board were expensive stuff then.
Here is a photo of the house and the kids.
you see the girl with blue bag is almost the same hight as the entrance? She is only 9 years old, so the hight of the roof bottom is like 5 feet, I needed to bend a lot to come in.
I just didn’t know that the oldest house was in Kobe, just so close.
The fact that this house lasted that long is surprisingly amazing. There are no electrical tools, and even metal was expensive. There are still a lot to learn or steal from the old carpenters wisdom.
-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/