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Pre-war Japanese house destroyed by typhoon debris

THE only pre-war wooden Japanese house left on island was among the structures demolished by Super Typhoon Yutu.

Jack Kililiman, whose family lives in the house built  in the 1920s, said the roof of a pavilion of the nearby William S. Reyes Elementary School slammed into their home.

The pre-war Japanese house in Chalan Kanoa in a photo taken after Typhoon Soudelor in 2015.The pre-war Japanese house in Chalan Kanoa in a photo taken after Typhoon Soudelor in 2015.

What’s left is the concrete portion of the house which they used as a kitchen and where they hid for safety on the night of Oct. 24  and the early morning of Oct. 25 when Yutu plowed through the southern areas of Saipan and Tinian.

In Aug. 2015, the Chalan Kanoa house sustained minor damage when Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan.

Japanese characters can be seen on the wooden beam of the house.Japanese characters can be seen on the wooden beam of the house.

Kililiman said the house was made of special wood from Japan called “sugi” which is known to withstand harsh environmental conditions. The house, he added, had withstood earthquakes and termite infestation.

A day after Yutu, personnel from the Historic Preservation Office inspected the house, Kililiman said.

What remains of the pre-war Japanese house. Photos by Junhan B. TodinoWhat remains of the pre-war Japanese house. Photos by Junhan B. Todino

He said the house was totally damaged and he doesn’t know if they can build a new one on the property.

“The only things left are the sliding doors used as room dividers,” he added.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108968-pre-war-japanese-house-destroyed-by-typhoon-debris

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