Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

Pirate ship appears in a tree at Chubu Agricultural High School

Students of the landscape architecture course at Chubu Agricultural High School at the unveiling of the tree house. On December 2 at Chubu Agricultural High School.


December 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine 12th grade students from the team recycle tree house in the landscape architecture course at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Agricultural High School completed a tree house in their schoolyard. This is the fourth one, finished at the end of November. It took about three months to make the tree house using only scraps of wood. The tree house will be displayed to the public on December 10 at the school product sales exhibition.

“The hardest part was collecting scrap wood,” said the students. They went to sites where schools were being rebuilt and houses being demolished and they’ve even gone as far as Naha to collect wood.

Taku Yonahara, teacher and advisor of the team, said, “Recycling waste materials introduces an element of environmental conservation.”

This time the theme of the tree house is that of pirates, with the group naming themselves, “The Landscape Pirates.” A pine tree and a skeleton are used as a motif and were drawn on the canvas. Eighteen year-old Daiki Shimabukuro, said, “Tree houses can tend lean in one direction, so we put in a lot of effort trying to keep it level.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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