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Contact Name:Katsura and Kazuko NAKANO
Mailing address: 1-1-1, Banba
 Hikone, Shiga 522-8522
Structure Location: Shingaihama
 Hikone, Shiga 521-1136
Web site:

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing home
interior size: 140 sq meter
Number of stories: 3
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2

Open to visitors by appointment.

Begin Date: Monday, March 3, 2003
Completion/Occupancy Date: Monday, June 30, 2003

Construction Methods Used

Foundations and Floor: concrete slab
Exterior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Interior Finish:
    Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
    Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
    By hand, no tools
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, wood/bamboo
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 300 mm X 400 mm X 900 mm
Number of bales used: 500
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Insured?: yes
Mortgaged?: yes

Unique features: Bisides internal bamboo sticks, we used straw ropes to tie the bales together. The ends of the ropes were hung towards outside and used as anchors for the plaster. This system of ropes has been called "Sagenawa" in Japanese.

Problems encountered: We initially had a bug problem, but it seemed to be settled. Water is a our major concern so that we just keep monitoring.

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