The Inōe-bukeyashiki was the family home of the Inōe, retainers of Matsushiro Domain. The last patriarch was Inōe Masao who in the Meiji period helped found Kwansai University, lectured at Meiji University, was a professor at Tōkyō Imperial University and served as the chief judge at the Ôsaka Criminal Court (as well as in various other legal capacities in Ôsaka). He is credited with helping to develop Japan's industrial era legal code. The sign outside his birthplace tells us all of this but doesn't say much about the actual house. The home is still lived in and not open to the public. The remaining structures, the omoya (main house) and omotemon (front gate), date to the Bakumatsu period or early Meiji period (the exact construction date is unknown), and are listed as important cultural properties. The omoya is a single storey wooden building with a hipped roof. It measures 7間 by 4間. The rafters are made from bamboo. The roof is thatched, but is presently covered in iron sheeting. The walls are earthen with a medium finish (nakanuri shiage). The omotemon is a gabled udekimon (armbar-style gate) with a width of 10尺 and a gate-opening of 5尺.
|Inoue Residence Profile
|Important Cultural Property
|Not open to the public.
|Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
|36° 33' 32.90" N, 138° 11' 53.02" E
|Matsushiro Castle and nearby Samurai Homes