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Ishigaki homes recommended for Japanís cultural assets list

Date Posted: 2007-09-27

Two early 20th century Ishigaki City homes and a three-building complex have been recommended to Japanís Tangible Culture Assts List.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will decide whether the homes formerly owned by the Makishi and Morita families will join 60 other Okinawa landmarks on the elite assets list. The Culture Council announced its selections last week.

The Makishi family home was constructed in 1923, but initially designed and used as a combined hospital and doctorís residence. The spacious house design was popular, with large rooms. A spacious reception room even housed large sculptures. Its traditional wood style and red roof is similar to the main Morita family home.

The Morita home was built in 1909, with each room having its own porches and eaves. The third selection, three structures at the Kita Daito Jimaís Nirokusou, was once used as welfare facilities for workers at the islandís sugar cane factories. The buildings once had food booths and kitchens, bedrooms, and even a billiards room used by workers visiting from the sugar cane companyís head office. Nirokusou is now used as a tourist home.

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