20 Nov 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
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.
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.
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.
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