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Home Village

Home Village A big collection of old houses displaying the distinctive history, natural features, traditions and cultures of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region. Old, thatched houses that convey the livelihood cultures fostered by the natural features and history of the Michinoku region were moved to the Home Village. At each house, wisdom for living is shown in an enjoyable, easy to understand way using videos, models and exhibits. Experience life in the old days with the houses and the paddies and fields.

Old houses

Tsugaru house   Tono house   Honjo Yuri house
Tsugaru house (Aomori Prefecture)
Steeply roofed, suited for Aomori Prefecture with its notoriously deep snow. For convenience during periods of deep snow, the large separate roof on the front entrance leading to earthen-floored area.
  Tono house (Iwate Prefecture)
Built in the “nambu-magariya” style, the residents lived under the same roof as their horses.
  Honjo Yuri house (Akita Prefecture)
Built in the “Ryochumon-zukuri” style with two projecting entrances at both sides of the main building.
 
Naruse riverside house   A house from the foot of Mt. Gassan   Minami Aizu house
Naruse riverside house (Miyagi Prefecture)
Owned by rich silkworm farmers. At times of flooding, to allow furniture and food to be raised to the second storey, a section of the floorboards is removable.
  A house from the foot of Mt. Gassan (Yamagata Prefecture)
Rare in the Tohoku region, this house has the entrance on the side. Windows in the roof allow sunlight and wind to enter, which are required to raise silkworms.
  Minami Aizu house (Fukushima Prefecture)
Distinguished by having two entrances: one at the end of the bent section, and another at the main section. The bent section has a stable and an earthen passageway.
 
Kamafusa house   Yudagawa pine tree   Watermill
Kamafusa house (Miyagi Prefecture)
The stable is separate from the house, because of the feature of little snow on the south Tohoku Pacific coast.
  Yudagawa pine tree
In front of the Kamafusa house; nicknamed the crane pine.
  Watermill
Have you ever seen a working watermill? A watermill uses the power of water to rotate a millstone and a mallet to mill the grain into flour. Look inside the watermill in the Home Village and see the mechanism our ancestors devised. (Not in operation during winter.)

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Tel: 0224-84-5991