Professor Tanaka makes a paper-craft model of Nakamura-ke

Professor Tanaka makes a paper-craft model of Nakamura-ke

At Nakamura-ke in Kitanakagusuku Village, Masaru Tanaka presented a paper craft model of Nakamura-ke to the owner Kunihiro Nakamura (left).


August 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masaru Tanaka, professor of Yamanashi University Graduate School, whose area of research is the unique architecture of Okinawa’s housing, has created a paper-craft model of the Nakamura-ke residence, an important national cultural asset located in Kitanakagusuku Village. Children can make the paper-craft model in about three hours using four sheets of paper that have a picture of building on them, plus some scissors and glue. Tanaka hopes the paper-craft model can be used as learning material in schools to teach about architectural structures.

Tanaka visited Nakamura-ke and presented ten sets of the paper craft materials to the owner, Kunihiro Nakamura. The paper craft model is one one-hundredth the actual size of the building. The rat guard sections of the tower tank and the animal shed were displayed in three-dimensional form.

Tanaka, who is a specialist in housing studies, said, “People will enjoy learning about the logic behind the room layout, which is based on Okinawa’s climate.”
Nakamura said, “I think that this could be used for free studies during the summer vacation. I hope that it will be used to help study this cultural asset.” He is also considering selling them. For inquiries, contact Masaru Tanaka at 055
(220) 8226 or at tanaka@yamanashi.ac.jp by e-mail.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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