Nakamura Old House

The Hinpun, old pots, part of the original thatched roof

The Hinpun, old pots, part of the original thatched roof

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.

Nakamura House

Nakamura House

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.

old tools in the Takakura (high storage), pot plant holders?!, suitcases inside the house

old tools in the Takakura (high storage), pot plant holders?!, suitcases inside the house

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 Huru (pigpen)

The Huru (pigpen)

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.

bamboo ceiling, baskets for cooking?, Okinawan red tiled roof, various kitchen items, old ladder

bamboo ceiling, baskets for cooking?, Okinawan red tiled roof, various kitchen items, old ladder

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!

inside the Kachiku (barn)

inside the Kachiku (barn)

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!

Well, spare well pulley hanging in the shed

Well, spare well pulley hanging in the shed

tired Clio, Papa with his girls

tired Clio, Papa with his girls

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