Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Family Homes Of Olden Time

exhibited in the open-air museum; Shikoku Mura provided us insights on how Japanese people (Shikoku people specifically) lived long ago.

The first home was posted in my previous post. A home donated by Yamashita family.

This one is the Kono family home.
The house was built in early 18th century deep in the mountains of Ehime Prefecture, this farm dwelling measures 39 feet long and 21 feet deep. (By the way, it's funny that when it comes to house sizes, I am more comfortable using square feets instead of square metres despite us using the metric system for everything else. Houses area are usually advertised is sq ft instead of sq mtr here too. Why is that, I wonder?)

Two thirds of the house are devoted to two living/sleeping rooms, each with their own hearth (irori no ma). Coarse straw mats provide comfortable seating comfort on the bamboo floors around the hearth. The other one-third of the home is clay-floored work/storage area and entrance way.

This particular home even has a bark steamer for papermaking. How cool is that?

After seeing these homes, I am so thankful for modern day living and homes with provide plenty of privacy!

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  1. It would be lovely to have a house that looked rather like this (so elegant) but with all modern conveniences and privacy!

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    1. Yeah, nice to have a house like that PLUS all the modern conveniences. ;)

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  2. These old homes are beautiful, but some of the rooms are so dark!

    PS: Suddenly I'm extra grateful for taps and microwave ovens! ;)

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    1. Dark rooms are good when you need quiet, solitary time.

      When I was small, I used to hide in such area of my parents home to "get away".

      I'm still in the stone age. I don't own a microwave oven. But yeah, what would I do without the convenience of taps and modern plumbing!

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  3. Thankful for all our modern day gadgets, but these old homes look so open and beautiful inside :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. I like old houses for that reason. Open spaces, lots of it; to run around.

      When I was small, I can't wait to leave the old rambling home of my parents (which my Dad inherited) but now, I'm missing that home.

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  4. I can only use sq ft and don't know how to convert to sq mtr becos the house sizes in SG are advertised in sq ft instead of sq mtr too. :P

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    1. RIght?

      Anyway, I can't visualize how big a house is in sq mtr as I'm so used to sq ft. xD

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  5. I miss the straw mat, when I was a little kid, I used to sleep on a straw mat with my grandmother in the kampong.

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    1. I remember those tikar mengkuang fondly. :)

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  6. Actually I am always more comfortable with feet than metres. When you measure your height in feet, you will sound much taller compared with measuring in metres. Haha!!

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    1. I'd say I'm 5 ft 4 in instead of 161cm. xD

      But I'd sill use cm for my son's height. ^^

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  7. Wah! No privacy at all in this home? How do errr...couples do their stuff? In front of everyone including children?!

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    1. Last time, at kampung also same issue.Everyone sleeps in the same area. And people do have lots of children! How ah? ;p

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  8. Definitely thankful we stay in modern houses! But don't mind staying there for one night just for the experience : D

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    1. We tried to stay in one such place two years back. It was really popular, and booked 6 months packed! o.O

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  9. Nice pictures.

    The sq-ft thing isn't that bad. Canada is terrible, at least for my generation.

    Height - Feet
    Distance - Metres
    Weight - Pounds
    Package weight - Kilos
    Cooking - Tablespoons, cups, ounces, mL, grams, etc. If it's possible, it's available.
    Area - square feet
    Drinks - Litres
    Cooking - Fahrenheit
    Everything else - Celsius

    It keeps going and going and going. Really confusing for me. Don't even get me started on spelling and pronunciation too. :P

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    1. I feel your pain, Dru.

      We have the same indecisive way of using the system too. ;p

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  10. Those straw mats must be hard on the bottom. It doesn't look too warm with all that open space.

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    1. Better straw than just cold wood/bamboo floors though.

      I agree. It doesn't look warm with all that open space. I guess that's why they need to put two "irori"s there.

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  11. Thank you for bringing us travel back in time. ^0^ That's a cool place!

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    1. You said exactly what I felt when I was there! It's like traveling back in time. :)

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  12. Hi! 1 foot is 0.3048m. Japanese old unit 1 syaku is 0.303m. Both are almost equal. Syaku is written as 尺. 1 尺 =10 寸. So 6尺6寸is about 2 meters.

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    1. Thanks for the info Minor. :)

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