A Road Created by Everyday Deeds

沖縄/竹富島 推薦者 : 青木淳(建築家)
Taketomijima, Okinawa Recommended by Jun Aoki (Architect)






Lines drawn with a ruler in the birth of never

Taketomi-jima is a small island in Okinawa Yaeyama region, only with an area of 5.5km² and an outer perimeter of 8.3km. Only the surrounding road running in circle has been paved, but all the rest inside remain totally unpaved. No, they are not just “left unpaved” but “maintained to be unpaved” on purpose.

In the morning, around when the sun rises, you hear brushing sounds from over the head of the bed. It is the sound of a bamboo besom sweeping sands on the road before other people come out of their bed. By the time when breakfast is ready, roads are all cleaned up to be without a single footstep left on them. As people walk on the roads, the sands get stepped on and gradually lose their shape. Many residents sweep the road in front of their house in the morning and evening. The daily work of these people let the sand roads keep without weeds and show the velvety texture of the softly undulating surface.

The everyday world as we live in is an environment that has been precisely implemented with the predefined plans. It is a world in which we pursue the completion and maintain the final shape. However, the roads here are completely different. There is no pursuit of completion. On the contrary, they only keep tracing what is now in existence. The succession of this uninterrupted work gives the roads some softness and fluctuation like living creatures.

The fences of compounds are built by piling up Ryukyu limestones of moderate size by hand. This is fairly vulnerable. Once a strong typhoon passes by, some part of them falls down. They get repaired year after year. In the course of time, the position of fences drifts slightly. Straight lines bend slightly. This is how the soft lines of the fences impossible to draw with a ruler are created, and it is done without plastic manipulation.



Jun Aoki (Architect)

Architect. After working for Arata Isozaki and Associates, he established his own architectural office, Jun Aoki and Associates. His works cover a wide scope, from houses and public buildings to commercial facilities such as shops for Louis Vuitton. Some of his key works are the Mamihara Bridge, the Fukushima Lagoon Museum and the Aomori Museum of Art.

制定年 : 2011
Year : 2011

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About 10-minute ferry ride from Ishigaki Island


Editor:Moto Takagi
Photographer:Jun Aoki, Tetsuya Tsukamoto
Production: Runner’s Information Research Institute