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January 4 – May 26: Special Exhibition “Let us Eat – Meals Now and Then”

With the change of living, focus on the table at which there was a big change in recent years, we will underst …

March 23, 24 : Gifts from Country Home

Enjoy the traditional performing arts, and local foods and products, from the original places of old folk hous …

Performing Arts Iwate Prefecture

November 28 – January 20: Small Exhibition of the Indigo Dyeing – The Stencil Dyeing of the Zodiac Boar

The original works made by Traditional Dyeing Workshop participants and staff are exhibited. These works are d …

Small Exhibition of the Indigo Dyeing – The Stencil Dyeing of the Zodiac Boar

Annual Event Exhibition (December – March)

We have annual event exhibitions on the different themes every month mainly at the Kitamura House (15) and the …

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Demonstration of making folk crafts (December – March)

We offer the demonstration of making folk crafts inside Minkaen mainly on Sundays. Time: 10:00 - 14:30 (except …

January 19 / May 16: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)

February 3, March 3:Explanation about the Architecture of the Folk House

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

The Explanation of the Historical House

February 11, March 21:Tour of Living in the Folk Houses

The curator of the Minkaen will give explanations based on the interviews about the way of life in the folk ho …

Explanation about the lives of the folk houses

February 16: 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

February 24: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
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