Showing posts with label interiors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interiors. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Disappeared Japan Yamane Residence Hamada


In October 2009 the Russian sail training ship Nadehzda was making a courtesy visit to Hamada Port and was open to the public

Walking back along the waterfront road I stopped to take some photos of a couple of empty, traditional buildings.

An old gentleman in the garden next door asked me why I why taking photos of the abandoned buildings and I explained I enjoyed the ratios and composition of traditional architecture.

He asked if I would like to see inside, and we said yes, presuming he meant the empty buildings, but he took us into his home.

It was a very large, traditional house filled with typical architectural features and family heirlooms. Particularly impressive were the two, large kamidana.

In the courtyard with two large, stone sinks, Yoko remarked that it looked like a sake brewery, and the owner remarked that it used to be a soy brewery, the business that had made the family fortune. I am guessing the adjacent empty buildings were part of that business.

While walking through the area 2 years ago I noticed that many of the older houses in the area were gone, and the house we had been allowed to explore has been replaced with a large, modern two-storey affair.

The previous post in this series on Disappeared Japan was on the unusual sex museum in Ureshino.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Fukutomi Residence in Izushi part 1


The Fukutomi were a wealthy merchant family in the castle town of Izushi who made their money from silk.

Izushi is a small town in northern Hyogo that is unfortunate, in my humble opinion, to be saddled with the nickname "Little Kyoto".

The town has a preservation district of historic buildings and the former Fukutomi residence is one of them.

The former residence is open to the public as a history museum. I have posted on the Shiryokan Izushi History Museum before, but it is deserving of more exposure.

It is a few minute's walk away from the main tourist area, and consequently gets significantly fewer visitors, which is a real shame.

It is a collection of linked buildings around a courtyard garden and was built in the late 19th century using the highest quality traditional styles.

There is a wide range features that could be described as interior design......

More tomorrow......

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Shiryokan Izushi History Museum


japanese traditional interior
The Shiryokan History Museum in Izushi housed in a traditional residence.
Izushi is a small castle town in northern Hyogo, now a part of Toyooka City. The old town contains about 50 acres of Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, and here is located the Shiryokan, the local history museum.

traditional genkan
Genkan entrance hall of a wealthy merchants house from the Edo Period
It's in an Edo Period residence of a wealthy merchant family, a cluster of connected buildings with lots of art and artifacts on display, but for me, it was the architecture itself, especially the interiors, that were the star of the show.

Irori and tokonoma
small irori in the floor with tokonoma behind
Spread over 2 floors, there is a veritable warren of rooms to explore filled with tatami, shoji, tokonoma, irori, fusuama, and all the traditional features of Japanese interiors. Somewhat unusual was the reddish hue of many of the walls, which comes from local clay.

Traditional chigai-dana shelving
Chigai-dana, traditional shoin-style shelving
A large storehouse also has displays of samurai weapons and armor.

Inside Izushi History Museum
sunlight through summer lattice windows cast strong shadows on tatami
Izushi History Museum
78 Izushicho Yoida, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo 668-0232
Tel: 0796-52-6556
Open 9:30am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays and over the new year
Entry 300yen for adults, 180 yen for kids