The Sasaki House

by Chris, Sascha and Soren

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The whole Tokaido Group

At  Minka-En, we were assigned jobs to write an outline about and then for homework write a paragraph. Chris and me had the same jobs; we had to talk about the inside of the Sasaki house and what we thought the walls were held together with. The inside looked kind of like a storage area. It has two fireplaces, a stove, an attic, a sleeping room, a living and dining room, a working room, a storage room, two reception rooms, a bathing room, an anteroom and it also has two bathrooms. In the storage room, it had a cart that is used for farming and, in the working room, it had a table that is used for preparing food. The place has eleven rooms that I could see. The rooms that I think are important are the two reception rooms and the sleeping room because the reception rooms are the places in the building were you spend time with the guests and the sleeping room is were you sleep. It’s an important room because if there was no sleeping room you would have no place to sleep. The way I think the sliding doors can slide is because they are on sliders that allow it to slide. I think the walls are nailed because I saw nails holding wood together but they could have rebuilt it with nails and the roof looks like it is made out of straw. I had a good time there and did a lot of work.

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Soren works the outside.

The building I looked at was called the Sasaki House. It looked like either a storage room or a farm area because of all the stable equipment which was there. There were ten rooms, each with particular functions. There was a ladder that led up to the attic, and there was a stable area next to the working room. In front of that there was a kitchen. We knew it was a kitchen because of the stove in the middle, which is made out of stones. Then there was a living and dining room that had a fireplace. There were two reception rooms which were probably the biggest rooms in the whole house. There were two bathrooms and one outdoor toilet. In the back of the house there was a sleeping room. Lastly, there was an anteroom.

The most important rooms were the two reception rooms because that is where you would spend a lot of time with guests. The sleeping room is also important because that is where you sleep and you wouldn’t have a place to sleep without it. The dividing walls were made with sliders so they could be opened up. The normal walls were built with or rebuilt with nails. The normal walls were also connected with the ceiling by being made from the same piece of wood. The house I looked at was actually a fun house to experience being in.

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Sascha and Chris took care of the inside.

The outside of the Sasaki house is a very beautiful place.  There is a square meshed bamboo fence on the very outside marking the house's territory.  There are little gardens that also have a bamboo fence going around it.  Inside these gardens are flowers, bushes, and trees.  This house is the only house that has a well.  The well is like a normal, old fashion western well.  It has a bucket that is connected to a rope, and that is connected to a pulley.  So, you just dump the bucket in and pull it up and you'll have water in the bucket. This house is also the only house with a privy.  This privy has a plain hole and a board on top of it. Leaning on the house are some wagon wheels and a wagon.  Going to this house helped me to learn about old Japanese houses, be amazed, and always be interested.

The Group's Tokaido Paragraph:

Once upon a time, in the 17th century, there was a traveler on the Tokaido Road who came upon an old farmhouse, which had an outside shed and privy. A fire was burning in the kitchen, yet, no one was home. The traveler cautiously entered the stone kitchen and proceeded into the next room, tripping over the futon lying on the wooden floor. As he looked up, he saw the naturally curved beams of the ceiling. He stumbled to the door and opened it. 

Site constructed by Bridgette Fincher

Text by the students

Photographs by Mrs. Huntington- the clan's chaperone