I feel like I'm toying with the cosmic order posting about this particular exhibit out of order. Ahahah... After all, this exhibit is located right at the end of the trail one need to walk through at Shikoku Mura. Anyway, here's a fisherman's home for you!
A fisherman's house facing the Pacific should be sturdy and this house has a stone fence on the sea side serves as a windbreak and the narrow entryway is to minimise and keep out rain and wind.
This dwelling was in an isolated fishing village strung along the base of a cliff in the Izari region of Tokushima prefecture.
Son making himself comfy while Mommy checking out the place.
Functioning to provide complete shelter in the frequently foul weather the area faced, the house has a low roof to reduce wind resistance and is covered with heavy tiles (hongawara).
The central or "Good Fortune Pillar" (daikoku bashira) is unusually massive. All lumber throughout the house was handshaped by adze.
The waters of Izari were once filled with yellowtails (buri) which is a much favoured eating fish.
A sad reason for this house came to Shikoku Mura in its original condition was because the villagers had no funds to renovate their houses. The villagers in the community decided to increase their catch by buying a huge net like in commercial fisheries. After the net was bought, the yellowtail left the feeding ground of Izari and moved elsewhere. The villagers were saddled with huge debts that they could not pay off and the town went bankrupt leaving fishermen without funds to renovate their houses.