Tuesday, 21 October 2008

A ride to Yahiko Village part 6

After viewing the shrine I decided to head out of the village to see the site of the Takeishi Family's former residence, I was almost ready to turn around and cycle back into the village as I wasn't having a lot of luck trying to locate it when by chance I saw a large thatched roof house located up a driveway to my left which turned out to be the house I was looking for that was mentioned on the village map.

The information below was taken from a website on Yahiko explaining the history of the buildings pictured above.

The thatched residential structures of a medium-size farming family were disassembled and then restored to their original appearance. The oldest is the main house, which dates back to the middle of the Edo period – 300 years ago. It is a cultural property designated by the village. The miso storehouse was built during the early years of the Meiji era, and the woodshed in 1929. Both buildings are registered national tangible cultural properties.

As you can see from the photos above the buildings were restored to a very high standard and it's nice that you can still see such buildings as these as they are slowly disappearing from villages in rural Japan due to the vast expensive of restoration & upkeep. Most thatched roof houses I have seen locally now have tin sheeting protecting the roof which is not as pleasing to the eye as a traditional thatch roof.

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