This low-ranking bukeyashiki (samurai home) was relocated from the Kitafukashi district of the old castle town of Matsumoto. It is known primarily as the birthplace of Kinoshita Naoe (木下尚江), author of such works as Zange (懺悔, Repentance) and Hi no Hashira (火の柱, Pillar of Fire), who was born in 1869. If not for such a famous son I suspect this precious house, dating to the late Edo Period, would've been demolished long ago. Naoe's father was Kinoshita Renzaemon (木下廉左衛門), a samurai of the Matsumoto Domain who worked as a policeman, and he was the last samurai patriarch of the home. The structure was relocated to the Matsumoto History Village (also called the Matsumoto out-door architectural museum) in 1983.
|Kinoshita Residence Profile|
|English Name||Kinoshita Residence|
|Year||Late Edo Period|
|Residence Type||Lower Class|
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 13' 54.62" N, 137° 56' 2.98" E|
|Matsumoto Castle and nearby Samurai Homes|