I’m sorry I have been away for a while, but I am back! Today I decided to actually get to the Nakamura House. Now I have been attempting to get here for some time. It seems every time I head in that direction I am thwarted, one day construction blocking off my lane, another day a giant road race that I could simply not cross. Well both those days it was rainy and/or overcast, today however was spectacular. So perhaps Mother Nature was holding me off for a reason.
This site costs 500 yen, about $4.25 so it was definitely affordable and not far at all from my house, perhaps a ten minute drive. Here is the information from the brochure:
“The history of the Nakamura family dates back to the early part of the 15th Century when Gashi, an ancestor of the family moved his residence to Nakagusuku from Zakimi in Yomitan. The reason for the move was because Lord Gosamaru of Zakimi had received an order to relocate his castle to Nakagusuku. Gashi served as Gosamaru’s teacher until the latter’s downfall at the hands of Lord Amawari of Katsuren Castle just across from Nakagusuku Bay. With the Nakagusuku Castle in ruins, Gashi and his family also suffered their lord’s adversity. it was not until 1720 that fortune came back to the Nakamura family when one of the ancestors was called upon to serve as the Jitoshoku (village headman) by the royal government in Shuri. It was around this time when the first foundations of the Nakamura house was set in.”
So I wandered around first taking in the kitchen and the cooking area. The kitchen and upright stones placed near the hearth have religious significance as this is where the prayers to the fire god are said. I thought, fire god!, this is awesome, so I took a photo…
There are a total of 8 rooms in the main house with three guest rooms. According to the brochure again, this is a typical style of a rich farmer’s residence of the time. The house was originally thatched roof and it wasn’t until the time of the 7th generation when it was re-roofed using the Okinawa traditional red tiles. It goes on to say that there were rigid regulations regarding commoners homes and their size and appearance. I love the red tiles, they are seen on many historical structures throughout the island and almost remind me of some of the red tiled roofs I saw in Serbia.
I wandered through the house barefoot, I love how they let you right into the area with these polite little signs not to touch anything. There was no one hovering around and I only encountered a few people today. It was a beautiful day to have the house to myself!
So all in all it was a lovely Okinawa day and the hibiscus and azaleas were blooming in abundance.
Again I’m sorry for the hiatus and to make up for it I will add a very iconic picture of Okinawa, taken at Seragaki Beach near Onna.