A team of traditional house builders from Saanapu (Moe ma le Aiga Sālemalama are currently in Japan building a new faletele (meeting house) at the Little World Museum of Man in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture. Click here to learn more
Traditional builders from Samoa are in Japan on a very special mission: to build a faletele, a traditional Samoan house that is circular with one or more central posts. Master Builder Lesā Laufale, who started learning his craft some thirty years ago, leads the crew. The Little World Museum of Man, where the faletele will be built, is near the city of Inuyama in Aichi prefecture south west of Tokyo. It is an open-air museum celebrating cultures and architecture with 32 traditional houses from 23 countries and regions represented. Founded in 1983, the museum arranged for twelve builders from the village of Sa‘anapu, where the current crew also comes from, to build four Samoan houses over 30 years ago. MORE.