Most viewed - Northern Culture Museum 北方文化博物館
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Entrance to Northern Culture Museum, formerly the Japanese-style mansion of the Ito farming family who were a wealthy landowner from the 18th century.222 views1 comments
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Inner Gate. Museum Web site178 views
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When Wright found out that Bunkichi was a fellow Pennsylvania University graduate, he fully supported the preservation of the property. They saved the property by converting it into a museum. A foundation was established and the property was donated to it144 viewsPictured is Ralph Wright and Itoh Bunkichi VIII (1927- ), the son of Bunkichi VII (1896-1958).1 comments
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Museum office142 views
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Inside the Shukokan rice warehouse, now an antique exhibition room. 集古館140 views
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Monument for Itoh Bunkichi VII (1896-1958) and Lt. Ralph E. Wright (from Peoria, Illinois). Right after WWII in 1945, they saved the property from being demolished due to the Land Reform Act.117 views
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It was Japan's first private museum to receive governmental approval. During the years following, it took several years to rebuild the garden and buildings. This is the museum office next to the entrance.105 views
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Inside Sanraku-tei with unusually shaped tatami mats to fit the triangular floor. It has three rooms, one was a study and another was a tea ceremony room.98 views
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Built in 1891, Sanraku-tei, a highly unusual triangular tea house. 三楽亭94 views
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Acting on reports that the Itoh property was storing hidden materials for the old Imperial Army, Lt. Ralph E. Wright from the American Occupation forces conducted a search and met Itoh Bunkichi VII, the owner. Photo: Grave of Ralph E. White-Peterson.93 views
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Entrance foyer (unused). I had the pleasure of meeting Itoh Bunkichi VIII who explained about how the property was saved by Lt. Wright. He was the one who built the monument for his father and Lt. Wright.93 views
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The first room you see is this Cha-no-ma living room where the head of the household greeted guests. Built in 1885-1887, the house has more than 60 rooms, with a floor space of about 4,000 sq. meters. 茶の間93 views
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The museum is within a spacious, garden-like grounds. It includes the main house, tea houses, storehouse, and a few shops and restaurants.91 views
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Cha-no-ma living room90 views
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Room with a view: This is the centerpiece of the former home, a large drawing room (Ohiroma) used for large gatherings. It gives a marvelous view of the garden. 大広間90 views
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Irori hearth next to the kitchen. 囲炉裏87 views
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Corridor facing the courtyard.86 views
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2nd floor exhibition room displays various artifacts of the Itoh family. The room formerly served as a storeroom and workroom for making futon and rags. 考古資料館84 views
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Courtyard garden as seen from the 2nd floor.80 views
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Display of stuffed toki or crested ibis, an endangered species. Official bird of Niigata and raised on Sado island.76 views
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Hearth in the kitchen. A bale of rice (60 kg) was cooked every day. Over 50 maids, cooks, and other servants worked in the house.72 views
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Veranda72 views
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Garden facing the drawing rooms. 庭園72 views
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Ohiroma drawing room71 views
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Ohiroma drawing room was used only a few times a year for wedding and funeral receptions, etc.71 views
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With 100 tatami mats, the Ohiroma drawing room is the most impressive room in the house.71 views
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Corner of rear drawing room (urazashiki)71 views
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The rear drawing room was where guests would wait until they were welcomed into the Ohiroma main drawing room.70 views
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Impressive garden views from the rear drawing room (urazashiki)69 views
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Corridor68 views
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Veranda along the courtyard garden68 views
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Plate67 views
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Veranda of Ohiroma drawing room67 views
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Courtyard garden 中庭67 views
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Courtyard garden67 views
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Rear drawing room (Urazashiki) adjacent to the Ohiroma main drawing room.66 views
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Lacquerware on display65 views
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Ohiroma drawing room and adjacent garden in autumn.63 views
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