Timber Resources and the Continual Improvement of Education
This expansive, timber-framed elementary school building is laid out as follows: an approximately 100-meter-long portion with a centrally located entrance is oriented in a north-south direction and connecting to this on the west side are four classroom wings oriented in an east-west direction. Although the school’s splendid entrance hall calls to mind traditional Japanese architecture, the timber-framed building is decidedly modern and incorporates many rational improvements: walls reinforced with bracing, a layout providing ample light and ventilation, and a roof built with Western-style roof trusses instead of a wagoya (traditional roof framework). Recently, the building was seismically reinforced and its equipment was upgraded to meet present-day standards. More than 80 years after its completion, it continues to serve local children as a place of learning.