Yamaga Kominka

A forum for DIY, cars, pets and all things related to home life
User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:07 pm

In the formal garden there are quite a few small plants, upon closer inspection it appears that they are bonsai growing on rocks removed from there pots and maintained. I didn't know it could be done or how often its done.
I have also found about 10 bonsai pots in the garden.
IMG_20160201_165944965-320x240.jpg
IMG_20160201_165944965-320x240.jpg (33.8 KiB) Viewed 364 times
These I also found in the garden and thanks to Brett I know that they are for making tofu ,
Cheers
IMG_20160201_165944965-320x240.jpg
IMG_20160201_165944965-320x240.jpg (33.8 KiB) Viewed 364 times
Attachments
IMG_20160201_165833411-240x320.jpg
IMG_20160201_165833411-240x320.jpg (45.54 KiB) Viewed 364 times

User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:01 pm

My wife visited the 97 year old obachan who sold the house to us in a retirement home.
She informed her that the 4 lower rooms of the house were for silk worm raising and the Hori Kotatsu were for heating these rooms and keeping the environment suitable for silk worm raising.
They cooked in the doma area and slept upstairs.
Cheers

User avatar
Zasso Nouka
Tech Support
Tech Support
Posts: 2581
Joined: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:37 am
Location: Chiba Prefecture
Has thanked: 1804 times
Been thanked: 1174 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by Zasso Nouka » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:01 pm

Fantastic bit of history for the house Tom.

Do you happen to know how the stones were used in tofu making ?

User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:47 pm

ZN not to sure if all 3 wheels fit together but somehow I think that there must be a larger dish on the bottom to catch the soy milk etc. I think the offset hole is for a wooden handle on the larger wheel. If anyone has any info re this it would be appreciated.
Cheers

User avatar
BrettRas
Posts: 129
Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:30 am
Location: Ojika Island, Nagasaki
Has thanked: 59 times
Been thanked: 169 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by BrettRas » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:48 pm

Looks to me like you've got halves of three different sets of stones. The offset hole in the larger stone is for feeding the thing you wish to be ground down into the middle of the two stones as the top stone is spun around (the face shown in the photo is the face which touches the matching bottom stone). That makes the large stone definitely a top stone. The other two don't have that hole so they must both be bottom stones. The middle hole is where the wooden core is set to allow the stones to spin around. There is also a cut out space on the side of the top stone, that is the place where the handle is inserted.

Some stone sets have a basin as well, often including the bottom stone in one piece. But often the stones are set on a frame above a bucket to collect whatever was being ground.

These stone sets were used for grinding all sorts of things. Of course soybeans for tofu & soymilk, but also grains, and smaller stone sets are used for grinding tea leaves for matcha.

The Goto Experience grindstone set in action during tofu making:

Hope that helps!
Brett Rasmussen

http://www.okibi.jp

User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:15 pm

Nice work Brett, it makes you appreciate a piece of tofu when you see the work involved.
Thanks for the info.
Cheers

User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:25 pm

Things seem to be settling down a little her in Kyushu (touch wood) so I thought I'd show pic of the only noticeable earthquake damage. The beam shown is out in the barn side of our house and is about 2.5m up and is part of the roof structure. It is about 200 mm across and unusually it has lifted.I'm not to concerned about it, but luckily we have a carpenter working here next week.
Cheers
Attachments
321201615525.jpg
321201615525.jpg (84.18 KiB) Viewed 303 times

User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Sun May 01, 2016 5:21 pm

I pulled down the false ceiling as seen in the first picture . It's the "middle room" in our 3 room LDK . I need to do a fair amount of shikkui plastering as all the walls are mud and straw.
I also need to insulate and line the ceiling. There's some nice old wiring with porcelain insulators and brackets that will cleanup nicely.
Cheers
Attachments
3212016164642.jpg
3212016164642.jpg (99.55 KiB) Viewed 289 times
3212016164835.jpg
3212016164835.jpg (77.19 KiB) Viewed 289 times

User avatar
Zasso Nouka
Tech Support
Tech Support
Posts: 2581
Joined: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:37 am
Location: Chiba Prefecture
Has thanked: 1804 times
Been thanked: 1174 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by Zasso Nouka » Mon May 02, 2016 6:20 am

That looks much better without the false ceiling, what will you use for insulation ?

User avatar
xxxxtom
Posts: 97
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:55 pm
Has thanked: 62 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Re: Yamaga Kominka

Post by xxxxtom » Tue May 03, 2016 5:21 am

Polystyrene sheets , it's easy to fix in place, cheap and will help reduce the amount of mud/dirt that falls between the timber slats that the tiles sit on.
We are then going to fit timber slats that overlap to finish it off.
Cheers