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Okinawa. Nakamura House

Nefer • 5 minutes read • October 2nd, 2016
Although the island has many different attractions, there is something to see outside the capital. On the third day, I decided to go somewhere else. Having explored the sights, I chose to visit the Nakamura House. Along the way, you can see something more interesting. The way promised to be uneasy, as I had to get there by bus for an hour, and then go few kilometers on foot.
1okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgIn Japan, the bus fare has the following procedure: entering the bus, you take a ticket, where the number of the stop where you take the bus is indicated. There’s a display panel near the driver. The farther you go, the more you pay.
2okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg3okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgIt wasn't raining anymore. But there was a strong humidity. The road went uphill. I came across some strange buildings on both sides of the road from time to time. I supposed it to be the crypts. There were plenty, old, overgrown, and of different shapes.
4okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg5okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg6okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg7okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgFor all the time, I had not met a single person, only a few cars drove by. Finally, I saw a pointer - Nakamura House. Nakamura was an ordinary farmer, who lived in the 18th century. His house has been well preserved and therefore it was turned into a museum. There you can clearly see the everyday life of the Japanese peasant of those times.
8okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgBefore entering the house, you have to take off your shoes – this is a priori for Japan. The interior spaces are lined with tatami. This is a mat of pressed rice straw, trimmed with cloth. Tatami is made of rectangular shape and serves a unit of measurement of the room area.
9okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg10okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg11okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThe main house consists of eight rooms, plus a dining room and a hallway. In addition, there are outbuildings and premises, where the unmarried sons were living.
12okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThe furnishings, utensils, and family heirlooms were preserved in the house. He was a prosperous farmer.
13okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg14okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg15okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg16okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThe house is wooden, it is necessary to comply with fire safety.
17okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg18okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThe house is surrounded by a wall. This is a traditional Japanese house, built according to certain canons. All the buildings are raised above the ground and placed on the stone "pillows". This saves you from dampness and mold, as well as small earthquakes. External sliding walls – amado may be removed in the summer, and the the nature becomes a part of the house. The partitions separating the dwelling space from the terrace are called "shoji". The frames and grates are made of wood, and the outer side is glued with a light-transmitting rice paper. The space of the house is divided into rooms by internal sliding walls - fusuma, which papered with opaque rice paper. There’s almost no furniture in a traditional Japanese house in accordance with the principle of wabi.
19okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThe entrance ticket includes a welcoming tea with a Japanese dessert.
20okinawa-nakamura-house.jpg21okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThere is also a souvenir shop.
22okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThis is a sugar-bowl.
23okinawa-nakamura-house.jpgThere’s 10 minutes’ walk from Nakamura house to

Nakagusuku castle

. So, let’s go! The review about Nakagusuku castle can be found here.
Author: Nefer
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