Katahira Ohnuma Residence

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The house and stable are original to the house. The stable (middle middle) was actually built in the Meiji Period but reflects Edo Period architecture like the house. The third and smallest building is a reconstructed (2006) outhouse. This style of samurai residence with house, stable and outhouse was common in the are and called mittsuya keishiki or "three buildings design". The residence may have had a storehouse as well.


Katahira Ohnuma Residence Profile
English Name Katahira Ohnuma Residence
Japanese Name 片平丁・旧大沼家侍住宅
Year 1700s
Residence Type Lower Class
Designations Local Historic Site
Features House, Stable
Visitor Information 9am,-5pm; closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and new year's holidays
Website http://wwwsv.town.kanegasaki.iwate.jp/01town/04denken/kenchiku1.html
Location Kanegasaki, Iwate Prefecture
Castle Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate)
Coordinates 39° 11' 43.87" N, 141° 7' 28.31" E
Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) and nearby Samurai Homes
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Visits May 12, 2018
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23 months ago
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5 stars for the three-legged cat...

金ヶ崎城下町片平大沼武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎] Katahira-Ōnuma-bukeyashiki (Kanegasaki)

This is one of the best preserved samurai houses in the castle town of Kanegasaki. The two adjoined structures consist of the main house and a stable. A third structure, an outhouse, is not from the Edo Period but has a kayabuki (thatched roof) too. Behind the house is a slope with a grove, and in front are fields, so it's also quite a scenic location. A museum with a folk home inspired design is located nearby. There is a rotund three-legged cat in residence. He was probably called something boring like Tarō, but, due to his aristocratic constitution, I renamed him Monsieur Kitty du Mont.