Hokkaido was the last frontier for the 'mainstream' Japanese people. They pioneered Hokkaido in a manner similar to the way North America was pioneered. In the process the indigenous people, the Ainu were marginalized. Although my biases selected for the earliest examples of buildings from the variety on the museum grounds, even a number of these have a strong American influence. The walls of the original thatched hut was usually used for four to five years prior to building a more permanent dwelling. the home pictured has reed walls that one could stick a finger through.
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