Japanese-style Dormitory in Xinjie Elementary School(新街國小日式宿舍群)
When you walk into Xinjie Elementary School, a historic wooden Japanese-style house is situated in the rear and northern side of the new Chaoyang Building. Its nostalgic and quaint Japanese style always attracts the attention of passersby. This Japanese-style dormitory was built in 1934 and was used to accommodate the teaching faculty in the Japanese colonial period. In 2003, when Xinjie Elementary School underwent a reconstruction, the eighty year-old historic Japanese-style building was discovered. Since the building was in a good condition and had high preservation value, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan City Government submitted the preservation proposal to the Councils for Cultural Affairs. In 2004, the building was officially registered as a historical building. In 2005, its renovation began and took four years to be completed. The building’s quaint and historical ambience makes it a popular spot for photography. Visitors also like to have a rest at the open corridor and feel a moment of laid-back leisure.
Currently, the Japanese-style dormitory is a single-storey wooden building, which shows a sense of gradation because of the inclined roof covered by dark gray cement tiles, adding more Japanese ambience to it. The dormitory has both front and back yards which are the evidence of its glorious past and its exterior walls are well preserved. To allow air circulation and prevent humidity, the ground floor and the base were elevated about sixty centimeters and such raised floor construction forms an open corridor. Tourists can have a rest at this premise and empathize with the old Japanese lifestyle in the house.
This elegant space not only is perfect for a relaxing stroll, but also invites visitors to sit at any corner of the house and immerse in the Japanese atmosphere. Furthermore, the lush green surrounding the dormitory attracts visitors to stop and appreciate its beauty. When spring comes, the place becomes a secret spot for admiring cherry blossoms where visitors can get away from the crowd and enjoy cherry blossom viewing.
In addition, the school has designed interpretative signs of the Japanese-style dormitory, the wooden planked trail, the ecological pond and signs of the surrounding attractions. To integrate this historic building with local life and reduce the sense of distance, the space is open for community cultural events and school activities. Tourists to Xinjie Elementary School can keep walking to visit Senji Pavilion, Ren Hai Temple, Jiangxia Hall, Yuanhua Yuan, Yishi Hall and other attractions, endowing the city tour with more cultural richness and human atmosphere.
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