7 Key Elements of Amamian Traditional Architecture

5.The “Hikimon” structure

Under the influence of Southeast Asian architecture, Amamian architecture’s one characteristic is the “Hikimon” structure where columns are placed on a foundation stone passing through floor joists, continuing until hitting the ceiling joists. You can see how our ancestors developed a structural style strengthning the base, as well as countermeasuring against typhoon.

6.Unique floor planning

Main building’s central room is surrounded by a corridor which is also functions as the entrance hall. In recent years the toilet is placed at the end of the corridor. Typically near the entrance there is a traditional kitchen with an earthen floor that also was used as a workshop. In most cases the floor has been covered and the traditional earthen floor kitchen is rearranged to be a contemporary kitchen and dinning space.

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