Wide-Eyed World Adventure – 9 Japanese Farmhouse Museum

Headed out to the open air farmhouse museum. The museum is set in a large park area which was hard hit by the recent typhoon and damage is much in evidence. The museum farmhouses were fortunately spared.

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The tour of the old farmhouses give us a unique glimpse into the lives of rural Japanese life during the late Edo period.

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As you can see, the tour was long and there was lots to see. Following are just a few of the shots from the first of the farmhouses.

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The first thing that struck me is the roof thatching. I’ve seen lots of thatched roofs and I’ve always just taken for granted that they are like those in the islands, more for shelter from the sun than anything else but this certainly proves otherwise. The thatching is a good two feet plus thick.

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The “L” shape of the house is unique to snow regions.

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The house has almost no partitions leaving a very large area available for entertainment. There is a display of hand carved wooden Kabuki masks.

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Even with so many interesting artifacts and architecture about, I still find myself drawn to the simple beauty of nature.

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I have no idea what kind of flower this is but I was as fascinated by it as by the rest of the museum.

Till next time ~Peace ~JPP

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