Published: June 8, 2010
- “Cho-ie” Renovation About to Begin -
Visit to “Onoya” Family Grave and “Kakari Hajime” Ceremony Completed
Kamanza-cho “Cho-ie” Renovation Project, 5th Meeting
On June 5 (Sat) at 11:00 am, in preparation for the start of renovation work, a visit to the “Onoya” grave at Hokai-ji Temple took place in order to pay respects to the family ancestors who donated this machiya to Kamanza-cho. Accompanying the head of the neighborhood committee were 7 other committee officers and leaders from the Kyomachiya Architects, who will be overseeing the renovation project.
Following this, the “Kakari Hajime” ceremony took place at “Cho-ie.” The “Kakari Hajime” ceremony is equivalent to the “Jichinsai” and “Kuwaireshiki” (purification and groundbreaking ceremonies) conducted prior to new building projects. In this case, the four corners of the work site were purified and blessed by a Shinto priest and prayers were offered for the successful and safe completion of the renovation work. As part of the ceremony, the removal of veneer from the front 2nd floor room revealed the original “saobuchi” ceiling. Later visits to all neighbors to apologize for any inconvenience during the renovation also took place. Those who were not at home are being contacted.
While preparations for work are proceeding, full-scale work is scheduled to begin on June 15 (Tue). We hope to finish the renovation by the end of October and look forward to your support for the successful completion of this project. We thank all neighborhood residents for their kind cooperation.
“Rakumachi Rakuya” Events Report
KAMANZA-CHO “CHO-IE” OPEN HOUSE 6/1~3 (Tue~Thu) 10:00 ~ 16:00
KAMANZA-CHO “CHO-IE” SDC COMPETITION EXHIBIT
6/4~6 (Fri~Sun) 10:00~ 18:00
Following the open house, an exhibit by Space Design College (SDC) students was held during the above dates. SDC is a vocational school for the study of architecture and interior design. This year, student groups competed to present renovation plans for the Kamanza-cho “Cho-ie.” All proposals showed great imagination with carefully constructed models and extensive detailing. One team, which proposed a movie theater, went as far as designing the tickets while another team, which proposed a eating and drinking establishment, included a menu.