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Renovation Day 49

Our renovation work had restarted after a break.

From today, they are digging the ground and flattening the soil base equally.

While measuring the angle with a level gouge, they dig the soil with a power shovel. Later they fill the gaps with a concrete.

At first they strengthen the soil base.

By the way these were things we found in the storage which we hadn’t posted online. 


Inside a wooden box there were many old newspapers and books.
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Amongst them, there was a box with no label.

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Inside this box…

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We found a set of door nob key holes and keys.

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We can guess that the owners loved the door knob. It’s so shiny after so many years.

Which door for which room was the lock located? Maybe the room itself had been a special place.

 

Renovation Day 9(2)

Hi again, let’s take a look into the second floor.

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The ceilings are walls are all gone, exposing the window frame.

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Here we can view the beam. Beam speaks of its old history as well.

A wall shown below is quite rustic as well.

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So this is how the renovation started; we stripped off to view the structure.

We are making a baby step toward the opening of Shiro. Wonder how the construction begins.

Days pass by as we squeeze our brains to come up with a great interior design and finding the best furniture.

Shiro’s DM is coming up pretty soon!

Renovation Day 9

Though a little late, let us update about Shiro on the 9th day of the renovation (February 5th 2014).

Practically the first floor was stripped clean including the walls.

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Now we see a clay wall that was hidden behind the walls.

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Remember that handsome vault? We had to take it away sadly.

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They had a lot of trouble moving this heavy object. They ended up using a cart.

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So we got our hands dirty in a forbidden storage and encountered some great founds, including this:

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Can you guess what this it?

It’s so-called ‘air-raid hood’ if to translate directly from Japanese.

Like the name suggests, people used to protect their heads with this thin piece of cloth during the war. We found a helmet as well.

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And we found this unknown object made out of white ceramic tiles.

We wonder what it is…Was this used during the war as well? 

We also found old magazines from hundred years back that were published in Meiji, Taisho, and Showa period, some ceramics, a door knob.

There were some work-related things that may had been used by the prior owners.

We will introduce some other treasures we have found on some other occasion.

The corridor with three bathrooms and water sinks was stripped like this as well.

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It’s almost like a different space comparing to the picture taken below before the renovation.

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Of course the second floor.

I couldn’t believe my eyes how it changed so much.

We will catch up on that later.

 

The Grand Renovation – Day 3

We checked out Shiro under renovation today, like we always do.

Hiding the removed external area, the renovators covered Shiro with a plastic sheet.解体

The front part that was unnaturally sticking out to the road was cleared. Looks so much better no?

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Interior renovation has started as well.

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The front and back rooms became like this. Surprising how fast the renovation has proceeded.

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The below shows the same room before the renovation. The floor, ceiling, and wall panels are all gone.

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The walls are naked now too!

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The ceiling is even prettier.

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Slowly, we can see Shiro’s core structure.

Things are going smoothly toward the opening.

The Renovation Started Today!

On January 28th, we are a step closer to the opening of Shiro with the renovation starting.

We rushed to see Shiro excited to see how Shiro looks…

Look!

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Unbelievably in just one day, the outlook has changed already!

This is Shiro just a day ago!Shiro Guesthouse

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The front space facing the road was deconstructed, exposing the indoor design.

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Before the renovation, I wondered why a random pillar stood near the window, but know we know that originally this pillar separated the indoor and outside.

It is so exciting to see the original faces of Shiro soon. 

I wonder how the carpenters who first built the house feel if they see the newly reborn Shiro after 115 years later.

How would they feel if they find out that the building will be hosting visitors not only from Japan but from all around the world?

Imagining that made us to sincerely thank the carpenters and those who took care of the house and pledge to make Shiro an amazing guesthouse.

I am so excited for how the renovation proceeds, I don’t mind coming in every single day.