Last weekend, I went to Yoshinogari Historical Park. It was interesting, so I thought I would share some pictures and information about it.
This is Yoshinogari Historical Park. The buildings are all made of wood and have thatch roofs. Some of the buildings are raised off the ground, while some aren't. There are stairs leading to the top of some of the towers, giving a great view of the area. There is a moat around the village. Apparently the moat was one big toilet. Yoshinogari must have been pretty smelly.
The entrance to the homes like the one above are quite short. You have to bend down in order to get inside (probably to hold in heat). They are well insulated from wind, and if there was a fire burning inside, I imagine they would be quite warm, too. The warm air from the fire would rise and leave through the door, preventing too much cold air from getting in. But, fires inside wooden buildings (especially with thatch roofs and two wooden pillars near the fire) must have caused many houses to burn down.
The large building is a ceremonial hall, which was in an inner courtyard where high ranking villagers probably lived. They would do ceremonies to decide certain village matters and if they couldn't agree on something, then they would have a priestess do a ceremony to talk to the gods to get their guidance.
This is a burial ground. There was a short period of time where people in Japan were buried in clay pods. First they dug a hole, bury the pod halfway, place the body (along with a bronze sword and some blue glass decorative necklace), put the top on, and the bury the pod completely.
By the way, according to the park's website, about 40% of the caskets discovered at the sight were for children. It's scary to think how dangerous life was in ancient times.
I don't think there were any vending machines back in Yayoi period Japan. If there were, I imagine the vending machines would have stocked things like penicillin, clean drinking water, and toilet paper.
There is also a video of the park. Looks like drone footage. (The video is let down a bit by bad colors and horrible music, but it at least gives a good view of the place.)