Last additions - Hino Merchant Homes 近江日野商人
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Western-style bathroomOct 12, 2015
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KitchenOct 12, 2015
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Notice the safe.Oct 12, 2015
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Oct 12, 2015
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Western-style room in Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.Oct 12, 2015
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Intricate transom in the Japanese-style room.Oct 12, 2015
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Intricate transom in the Japanese-style room.Oct 12, 2015
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GardenOct 12, 2015
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The food was prepared by a group of local ladies calling themselves the "Society for Continuing Traditional Cooking" (伝統料理を継続する会).They use locally grown vegetables and other ingredients made in Japan. They say that everything is "wholeheartedly handmade." Oct 12, 2015
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Dessert was fig. Yummy!Reservations are required to have lunch here. Prices are affordable, starting at around ¥1,500. Call 0748-52-0008 (in Japanese). Address: 1264 Nishioji, Hino-cho, Gamou-gun, Shiga-ken 529-1628 (滋賀県蒲生郡日野町大字西大路1264番地)Oct 12, 2015
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Lunch at Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan. Oct 12, 2015
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Japanese-style rooms.Oct 12, 2015
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This room is the home's largest and also where you can have lunch.Oct 12, 2015
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Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan was purchased and restored by Hino Town. It opened in April 2015.Oct 12, 2015
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Click here for blog post about Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.Oct 12, 2015
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Entrance to the Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan (近江日野商人ふるさと館). On the road leading to the entrance of Umamioka Watamuki Shrine.Yamanaka Shokichi was a Hino merchant born in 1809. He became a sake brewer in Shizuoka Prefecture. By the 1920s, his family became one of Shizuoka's most successful sake brewers.Oct 12, 2015
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Another Hino merchant home to visit is the Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan (近江日野商人ふるさと館). Former grand residence of Hino merchant Yamanaka Shokichi (旧山中正吉邸).Oct 12, 2015
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Local souvenir shop uses a former Omi shonin home in Hino.Apr 15, 2014
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Entrance to a kura storehouse inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino.Apr 15, 2014
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Inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino. A garden view in most rooms.Apr 15, 2014
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Inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino. Apr 15, 2014
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Hino's Shimizu-cho neighborhood also has a traditional townscape.Apr 15, 2014
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About Hino's Shimizu-cho neighborhood.Apr 15, 2014
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Some laquerware sold in a renovated Hino merchant home converted into a store.Nov 19, 2007
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A room inside a renovated Hino merchant home.Nov 19, 2007
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Travel passport required to travel around JapanJul 16, 2006
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Sake containersJul 16, 2006
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Clothing worn by Hino merchantsJul 16, 2006
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MedicineJul 16, 2006
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant HouseJul 16, 2006
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant HouseJul 16, 2006
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant HouseJul 16, 2006
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House近江日野商人館Jul 16, 2006
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant HouseJul 16, 2006
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Lacquerware sold by Hino merchants近江日野商人館Jul 16, 2006
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Entrance to Omi Hino Merchant House. Download the museum's English pamphlet here. Map近江日野商人館Jul 16, 2006
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Barrels of Hino merchant sakeJul 16, 2006
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Manhole with the symbol of Hino merchant, Shiga PrefectureJul 16, 2006
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Omi Hino Merchant House. The former home of Hino merchant Yamanaka Hyouemon was donated to the town in 1981. Now a museum exhibiting the history and artifacts of the Hino merchants. 近江日野商人館Small admission charged. Open 9 am to 4 pm, closed on Mon. and Fri. Close to the center of town.

Address: Okubo 1011, Hino-cho
Phone No.: 0748-52-0007

山中兵右衛門
Jul 16, 2006
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Hino was home to many Omi merchants who plied up and down Japan during the Edo Period to sell and trade their wares. They became quite successful selling medicines, lacquerware, sake, etc. Those from Hino were called Hino shonin (Hino merchants).Jul 16, 2006
     
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