Local lifestyle

Refurbishment of old houses    古民家再生

青森県三戸郡五戸町に築100年の古民家がある。

(あおもりけん さんのへぐん ごのへまち )

この古民家建築様式は、南部曲屋(なんぶまがりや)と呼ばれ、人馬が一つ屋根の下で暮らしていた造りとなっている。岩手県北部の盛岡から青森県南部に多くある。
曲屋は馬の管理面で多くの利点があったが、農作業の大きな手助けとなっていた馬に対する深い愛情が曲屋のベースになったと言われている。

There is a 100 years-old old house located in Gonohe-cho, Sannohe-gun, Aomori Prefecture.
The architectural style of this old house is known as Nanbu Magariya, a design allowing men and horses to live under one roof. Numbers of houses built with this architectural style can be seen starting from Morioka the northern part of Iwate prefecture until Nanbu the southern part of Aomori prefecture.
Magariya had many advantages in managerial aspect for horses, but it is said that the deep connection and carrying that became the foundation of the design since horses had been a great help to the farmers.

この古民家を再生しようと、地区住民が保存を目的として会を立ち上げた。「ふるさとの家保存会」という名前のこの会のメンバーは現在7名。

会の代表が、青森に移住してきた佐藤 美穂子さん。夫の岳広さんの祖父母の空き家と畑が五戸町にあったことから、移住してきた。岳広さんは、埼玉県生まれ、美穂子さんは、大阪生まれで、二人とも青森には初めて住む。

Local residents and community had set up a preservation association in order to have these old houses to get refurbish.
There are currently 7 members in the 「Home preservation association」.

Representative of this association is Ms. Mihoko that had moved to Aomori prefecture. She moved here because her husband Mr. Takehiro’s grandparents own a vacant house in Gonohe-cho, Aomori prefecture. Mr. Takehiro was born in Saitama prefecture and Ms. Mihoko was born in Osaka prefecture. This is the first time for both of them to live in Aomori prefecture.

移住を決めた理由を美穂子さんは、「友人宅で、農作業体験しながら滞在し、心身が救われ、自分も農のある暮らしがしたい、そしてだれかの居場所を作りたい、と強く思うようになった。」という。岳広さんは、「自然の中で映画上映会など色々な集まりの拠点としたかったから」という。

The reason of the moves said by Ms. Mihoko was “I had experienced a farm work country life at a friend’s house. To have a place where I can farm while creating an agricultural experience had always been in my mind. I had been freed from anxiety and stress. Hence, I wish to create this kind of environment for others as well who are in a state of anxiety and stress.”Mr. Takehiro said “I wanted to make a base for various gatherings such as movie screenings in nature.”.

「古民家をゆくゆくは宿泊も出来るようにしたいのですが、天井に穴があいていたりと、なかなか費用面で課題だらけです。ふるさとの家保存会は、発足したばかりなこともあり、まだまだ色々と追いついていないのが現状です。」
“Always wanting to stay in an old house eventually but problems such as holes at the ceiling seems like a project that will cause a fortune. At the moment Home preservation association had just been launched recently hence there are still many things still unprepared for now.”

3月には、囲炉裏で火を起こしお茶会を開催した
多くの人参加し、賑やかに過ごした。
囲炉裏で火を起こし、いぶすことで茅葺き屋根を守る効果もある。
今は週に二回、ふるさとの家保存会メンバーがいぶしている。

In March, a tea ceremony was held with setting fire into the hearth.
Many people participated making the event lively and exciting.
Fire was started in the hearth and thatched roof was fumigated with it since it has the effect of protecting the roof.
Twice a week the members of the association will do the fumigation.
(The tea ceremony scheduled for the future has been canceled due to coronavirus)

農耕民族の日本にあっては、ご近所との付き合いを大事にし、 困った時もお互い助け合う精神を維持してきた。生活を見直すキッカケとなる場となる古民家はその精神の再生のシンボルなのかもしれない。
In Japan, the agricultural ethnic group greatly valued their relationship with the neighbors. For example, the spirit of helping each other whenever one faced problem. An old house can also be a symbol of a place for people to slow down their pace and rethink about their life.

佐藤さんは、自宅で民宿にプラスして、カフェ「音水小屋」を始めた。 ビジョンを描いて10年目、ようやくこの度スタートできたという。
Mr. Sato had added a guest room in his own house and started a café known as 「Otomizugoya」. This vision came to him 10 years ago and now finally realizing it.

この地で、お嬢ちゃんの弥恵子ちゃんは、どんな未来をえがくのだろうか?
In this place, how will their daughter Yaeko grow up?

 

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