A historic castle town, Takahashi vol.2

Here is ‘Ishibiyacho furusato village’ where remains samurai residences from the Edo era.
Those historic buildings are standing along the main street. 
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You can enter Orii residence and Haibara residence if you like
Both of them used to belong to high-class samurai.

Then, let’s visit Orii residence 
Here’s an entrance.
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This residence was built about 180years ago(in the Edo era).
The samurai who lived here was working asUmamawari-yaku (a knight who guards his master)’

There’s a courtyard beautifully maintained.
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Then, we went through the garden, and swung by a small museum. 画像 396 

It’s located behind the house.
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The museum exhibits items which are related to samurai such as suits of armour(yoroi), helmets (kabuto), and muskets.  

This musket grabbed my attention.
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It’s said that muskets were brought from Portugal in the16th century, and it had changed the war in Japan
It seems to be more than 1meter long.
I wondered how people in that time handled muskets despite the fact that they were small build

I’m also fond of these beautiful suits of armour.
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Next, we entered the house.
The inside of the house is preserved as it had been.
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Oh, what’s that
We came across a bowing samuraiIt gave me a scare

Those figures are showing the daily life of samurai family
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A strict father, a calm mother and a bright son

Here is a kitchen.
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This iskago (a palanquin)’.
What surprised me the most was its size I think it’s too small to get in
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Orii residence
Address: 23-2 Ishibiya cho, Takahashi City
Tel: 0866-22-1480
Open: 9:00-17:00
Close: December 29-Janurary 3
Admission:400yen (admission to Haibara residence is included)

Near Orii residence, you can find Haibara residence.
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This house was built in the middle of the Edo era.
It has designated as the important cultural asset of Takahashi City.

It’s distinguished by its unique design which was affected by the architectural styles of temples and sukiya (a tea-ceremony room)’.

Apparently, a mother of Katsumasa Itakura, the chief of the Bicchu Matsuyama clan used to live here.
For that reason, it has formal and elegant feel compared with other samurai residesnces.

Next to the entrance, there’s a small exhibition about Houkoku Yamada, a scholar of Chinese classics, active in the Edo era.
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The house looks like two-storied, but in fact, it’s a one-storied house.
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Why don’t we go inside
We found an engraved wooden panel in the room.
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This calligraphy was written by Houkoku Yamada when he was four years old
I’m sure, he was a gifted boy

This room is called ‘zashiki’ , a formal room which is used for ceremonies, or for entertaining guests.
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I realized the shape of the window is unique.  It’s called ‘katoumado’.
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It’s often seen in temples, but it’s hardly ever used for houses.

We found a room painted red
This colour is commonly found in temples as well.
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Obviously, this house has distinctive features that we can’t find in other samurai houses

Haibara residence
Address: 27 Ishibiya cho, Takahashi City
Tel: :0866-23-1330
Opening time: 9:00-17:00
Close: December 29-Janurary 3

Did you like Takahashi

The town entertains visitors with its beautiful townscape year-round.
Although, if you ask me, spring is the best season to visit there as you can see lovely flowers all over the town

For instance, cherry blossoms near Kouya river come into full bloom in early April. Azaleas in Raikyuji temple are in bloom from the middle of May to early June.

So, why don’t you visit Takahashi

The best location for taking a photo

This is a part of the wall of Bicchu Matsuyama castle.
It exploited natural rock successfully

The castle tower is standing behind me.
The coloured leaves go well with the castle

We found lovely water mills on the path to the castle

A:Orii residence     B: Haibara residence





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