Sakamoto Hanjiro Residence

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Samurai House. The residence of the Sakamoto family is the last survivng samurai residence in the castle town of Kurume. It was built starting at the end of the Edo Period, although it was not wholly completed until 1874 (the samurai lost most of their exclusive rights in 1873 and were thereafter known as Shizoku). The Sakamoto had lived on the same plot from at least the 1830s. They served Kurume-han as cavalry officers. The Sakamoto lived in this house until 1909. The home is most famous as the residence of western-style painter Sakamoto Hanjirō. Art by Hanjirō (and his art-world friends who came to stay) can be found in the house, including on the sliding doors. Other interesting features of the house include a trebuchet-like device for drawing well water, and wooden doors which could slide diagonally around the inner corner part of the veranda.

  • Omoya (main residence)
  • This device is called a shadoof
  • Kitchen area with earthen floor
  • This is a bathtub
  • Thatched roof structure
  • a well
  • Under eves, these stones stop rainwater causing mud
  • These veranda wooden screens can pivot

  • Sakamoto Residence Profile
    English Name Sakamoto Residence
    Japanese Name 坂本武家屋敷
    Year Bakumatsu Period
    Residence Type Middle Class
    Designations Local Historic Site
    Features Garden, House
    Visitor Information 10:00 - 17:00 (210 yen)
    Location Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Castle Kurume Castle
    Coordinates 33° 19' 11.42" N, 130° 29' 56.62" E
    Kurume Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Added Jcastle 2020
    Contributor ART

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