I went for a short drive with my two dogs today to near historic heritage place in Japan. It's known as Shirakawa no Seki, which used to be a gate to go to Nothern part of Japan in Edo priod in 7th century to early 19th century. There are legendary remainings still in the small village surrounded mountains with tiny but mystic shrine on the top. Trees are really old and they stand with grand looking with twisting shape.
Besides the mountian, there is an old house of Japan. It's kept in the traditional building technique of Japan with careful maintainance work. As the photos, roof is made of straws or thin tree branches and the walls are made from clay with bamboo trees inside. Doors are made of wood and papers instead of glasses. In the entrance, floor is just the ground and we take off shoes when stepping into the house. Each room floor was tatami floor which was made by straws. A old fireplace is still remaining in the house, too.
This is just what my memory explains about traditional old Japanese house. Actually when I was a kid, this kind of house was already out of use in many places. But at my father's farm village, there used to be the same kind of house there. I still remember I stayed there and had food around the fireplace in the cold time.
Back then, Winter time of Japan was incrediblly cold in the houses being protected only by wood, clay and papers. There was not solid concrete walls or warm air conditioners. It's now hard to live in that old style of Japan but seeing this type house is a kind of good thing because all the memory then is still good.
There was not modern technique to escape from cold Winter then, but we actually had warm and bright hope for our future, that was a really pasionate dream which could warm ourselves up from the bottom of our heart.