The huge house

Yesterday, my family visited a historical house in our prefecture. I'm interested in that kind of building and articles which were used at that period. The house is called "Ito Denemon tei"--伊藤 伝右衛門 邸-- He was a upstar running coal mining, made a great fortune and got married to a tanka poet who was 27 years old when he was 52 years old. (According to a guide, it was the second marriage for each of them.)

When we arrived at the house, I was amazed at the size of house, especially the gate and garden.
Here is a few of the pictures I took...
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Let me touch on the house and the couple.
The house was built in the Meiji period and some extensions were built on it in the Taishou period. What fascinates me was the mixed culture between Japanese and Western cultures here and there. For example, there was the first flush toilet which was mounted in Kyushu, and there was a shower room and so on. I could see easily that the house must have adopted some state-of-the-art styles.
she was called "Byakuren"--白連-- and was blue-blooded. After spending ten years at the house, she eloped with a man of letters who was younger than she. And then, she posted a divorce letter in the papers. It caused a great scandal at that time.

Well, my husband hadn't been interested in visiting the house at first; however, he was also amazed at the house and seemed to be mesmerized.


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