Saturday, March 8, 2008

Kyu Shinoharake Jutaku 旧篠原家住宅

Friday Kindra and I took a tour of the former residence of the Shinoharas. The Shinoharas were wealthy merchant family who became that way distilling soy sauce and also dealing in manure.
The house is designated as a cultural asset of Utsunomiya. This home was built in 1895, it was donated to the city in 1995 and open to the public in 1996. This Meiji era house is one of the oldest buildings in the Utsunomiya area and is all that remains of what was once a large plantation. The rest of it was burned during the air raids of WWII. Its actually located right down the street and around the corner from our apartment and an interesting piece of local history.

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