Tajima Residence

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The Tajima Residence is in it's original location from the Edo Period. It also includes a garden which helps to give you the atmosphere of a samurai home in Sakura. The house is also open inside for viewing.

  • House and garden
  • Gate
  • House
  • House and garden
  • House
  • House and garden
  • Interior of the home and armor on display

  • Tajima Residence Profile
    English Name Tajima Residence
    Japanese Name 旧但馬家住宅
    Year Latter Edo Period
    Residence Type Middle Class
    Designations Registered Tangible Cultural Property, Local Historic Site
    Features Garden, House
    Visitor Information Open 9:00-17:00, last entry 16:30; 210 yen admission for all three houses
    Website http://sakuraseeing.city.sakura.lg.jp/en/discover/history03.html
    Location Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
    Castle Sakura Castle
    Coordinates 35° 42' 59.98" N, 140° 13' 28.92" E
    Sakura Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits March 22, 2008
    Added Jcastle 2018

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    58 months ago
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    但馬武家屋敷 [佐倉] Tajima-Bukeyashiki (Sakura)

    One of three samurai residences located in Sakura City, Tajima-Bukeyashiki was built some point between 1821 and 1837. The house is built roughly in a right-angled shape with the entrances on the inside angle. There are two entrances next to each other. The luxurious Genkan was built for the head of the house to use, as well as his guests, and the entrance adjoining the Doma (kitchen) was used by the family. The master of the house had his study in Naka no Ma (middle room), which had tatami matting. The largest room in the house, Zashiki, was for receiving guests in. I guess they probably had some nice drinking parties here during times of celebration. It’s the room where the armour is displayed today. The house had two wood floor storerooms, the one at the back of the house doubling as a sleeping area for the retainer’s family. The retainer would sleep apart from his family. The house is called Tajima-ke after its most recent owner, Tajima-shi, who bought the house in 1875. However, the initial retainer to inhabit the home was a warrior called Iguchi. He was known to be talented wielding a Yari (spear). I really like the layout of this home. The front gate is set snugly between the dorui (earthen embankments) out front, and the thatchwork on the roof is nice. Another feature you can see in the pictures here is the musou-madoguchi, windows with shutters over the bathroom. The simple design is to have two sets of overlapping wooden bars vertically over the window. When the bars are parallel light is let in from the outside. When they are slid across the view from outside is totally obscured. This afforded privacy whilst bathing. It is not easy to close the shutters or move them out of place from the outside either.