Let us share some faces of Shiro before renovation a little more.
This is the deeper end of the long backbone of Shiro.
You will see there are three washing basins on the right and three toilets on the left.
Each old basin is separated by walls like separate rooms. Possibly the old trick to keep the cold away?
I feel goosebumps on my skin thinking for people who used to cook and wash faces in the cold snowing days.
This is the furthest room of Shiro facing the patio.
Left here was a vintage safe.
Despite hidden in the corner, you will notice its noble presence. It probably weights 200 kg or more.
Close up to a circular logo on the top left…
The words are written from right to left. (Japanese sentences were wrote and read from right to left in the old days as opposed to the linguistic system now).
This is the lock dial on the right.
The lock doesn’t feature numbers but the old Japanese counting ‘yi, ro, ha, ni, ho, he, to’ which was more common than numerics before.
Now opening the mysterious safe…
I found a small wooden box.
While this vintage safe is stunning the way it is, unfortunately we have to dismantle it.
Watch out for our next post on the second floor.