The builders of long ago were not only artists but ingenious craftsmen as well. In the back wall, framed in wood, is a sample of takekomai-shitaji-tsuchinuri-kabe, a mouthful that translates as “bamboo small weave underlying soil painted wall.” A base is created by weaving bamboo and rope in a grid pattern, then plastering it with a coarse soil mixture, then applying a top coat, and finally painting the finished wall.
During restoration, workers carefully removed the grid and the old soil mixture, then rebuilt the wall with new soil. What a great opportunity for school children to learn how their forefathers did things! In came the kids to help rebuild the wall, and to leave messages on little boards for a future generation to discover inside the wall.