Fieldwork vol.2 : Onjuku/Iwawada Nature Touring with SIT Students


This is the second part of the fieldwork in Iwawada, Onjuku conducted with Associate Professor Ms. Okano and students of the Department of Architecture at Shibaura Institute of Technology on October 5th. For Part 1, please refer to the below.

History of “The Fisherman’s Apartments”

Fishermen’s apartments in front of the Iwawada Beach.

There is a River called “Sakai-gawa” at the end of the street called “Tsukino-Sabaku-Dori”, and if you cross it, you will reach “Iwawada”.
At the entrance of Iwawada, there are four two-story white concrete buildings.
It is a municipal housing that was built in around 1960 and is over 50 years old. It was originally built as a place to live for the second or third sons of a fisherman’s house.
Locally, it is commonly called “fisherman’s apartment”.

Unspoiled Nature for the Adventurous

The Iwawada area is a small fishing village with houses crammed in between the sea and the mountains, and outside of the village, there is still a lot of untouched nature.

After entering the village of Iwawada, we first rode our rental bicycles along the coastal road to “Koura Beach,” about 10-15 minutes away. It was a little undulating, so the electric bicycles were a great help.
By the time you reach the Koura Beach, you will find the Mexico Memorial Park, the Kohazuki Beach, the Ohazuki Beach, Candle Rock, the landing site of Rodrigo de Vivero y Aberrucia, and the Marine Ecology Research Institute.
Unlike the white sand of Iwawada Beach, these areas are all rocky and have the appearance of a private beach. When I was little, my friends and I used to go to Kohazuki and Ohazuki to play (we don’t do much swimming here), but you have to be careful because the tide will soon be high and the sandy beach will be gone.

Head To Koura Beach

I went to Koura Beach for the first time in July this year while exploring Iwawada with Chika, a member of the Community Reactivating Cooperator Squad hired by the town of Onjuku.
So this was the second time for me to visit Koura Beach.
There is no need for any extra explanation here. All you need to do is to feel nature as it is, to the fullest.

The unlined tunnel leading to the Koura Beach, photographed in July 2021. This time it was rough due to last week’s Typhoon.
After the tunnel, a grassy path follows.
Walk through the tunnel for about 5-10 minutes and you will see the ocean!
Finally, when you get off the handmade stairs, you will arrive at the sandy beach.

After enjoying the nature, we returned to the village for a walk around the town and interviews with the residents.
To be continued..