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The Okaikosama (Silkworm) Thread-Silk thread reeling

We offer our visitors the chance of experiencing “ZURIDASHI” which is to spin thread beside untangling cocoon. …

The Okaikosama (Silkworm) Thread-Silk thread reeling

July 7th, 2018 TANABATA (Star Festival) in Minkaen – Making Tanabata Ornaments & Decorating Sasa

Let’s enjoy making some Tanabata ornaments from origami (folding paper) and decorating sasa(tree of bamboo gra …

The Experience of TANABATA

Tōno Narration

Narration of the Tōno district folk story in the local dialect, at the folk house ‘Nambu no Magariya’ (L-shape …

toh-no Folk Story Telling

Michinoku Folk Tales

On the 3rd Sat. of odd-numbered months, we tell folk tales of the Michinoku (Northern countries of Honshu) district in the Kabuto-zukuri historical house (built like a Japanese warrior helmet).

Michinoku Mukashi-banashi (Michinoku's old story)

Folk Story Telling in Local Dialects (the fourth Sunday of the even-numbered months)

The fourth Sun. even-numbered month, we talk some prefectures’ folk tales with their accent.

Folk Story Telling Told in Local Dialects

Tour of living in the folk houses

The curator of the Minkaenwill give explanations based on the interviews about the way of life in each area …

Explanation about the lives of the folk houses

Explanation about the architecture of the folk house

The staff explains the highlights about architecture of folk houses in each area. Visitors can join or leave m …

The Explanation of the Historical House

January 31st – March 4th: Mini-Exhibition at the Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop – Hina-Matsuri (the Girl’s Festival) –

For a month before the Hina-Matsuri (the Girlʼs Festival, March 3rd), we exhibit the indigo-dyed hina dolls, a …

Annual Event Exhibition (Dec. ~ Mar.)

We have annual event exhibitions mainly at (15)the Kitamura house and (16) the Kiyomiya house with different t …

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