The Nakamura house dates back to the 18th century, when one of the ancestors of the Nakamura family was called upon to serve as a village headman by the royal government in Shuri; this was when the foundations of the Nakamura house was set in.
The eight room house, Omoya, is a typical style of a rich farmer’s resident of the time. It also contains a Kachiku (barn) to house domesticated animals such as goats, cows and horses, a Huru (pig pen) is located behind the residence, the Ashagi is the annex built to house the 2nd & 3rd sons as well as to accommodate visiting dignitaries and officials from Shuri.
High stone walls are built around the house, which protect the house from typhoons along with the Fuguki trees, which are over 250 years old. As you enter the main stone gate huge stone slabs separate the house from the gate, this is known as the Hinpun which is believed to prevent evil spirits from entering the premises. Of course a top the roof is a shisa, although sadly this is not the original, however contained in a glass box in the Takakura (high storage shed) the original sits for all to see.
The roof is now gorgeous traditional Okinawan red tile, although it was originally thatched but replaced by the 7th generation of the Nakamura family, reflecting the rising social standard of the family since rigid regulations at the time restricted commoners homes in size and appearance – according to the leaflet.
After we walked around the outside and of course inside the peaceful house where tatami mats cover the floors and all the doors are opened up to let in lots of light and fresh air, we returned to the ticket office/shop where we were served complimentary tea and brown sugar jelly. Eden LOVED the tea while Clio LOVED the jelly!
There are so many original artifacts laying around from horse saddles to kitchen utensils, I would love to know what happened to the Nakamura family, as it seems they just up and left!