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January 30 – March 3: Small Exhibition Indigo Dyeing “Hina-Matsuri (the Girl’s Festival)”

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

Mini-Exhibition ‘Hina-Matsuri(The Girl’s Festival)’

January 4 ~ May 31: Special Exhibition “Poop and Livelihood – the Toilets and the Manure”

“Toilet” is an indispensable place in our living. This special exhibition is introducing the various tools use …

February 8: 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 23: Folk Story Telling in Local Dialects

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

Folk Story Telling Told in Local Dialects

March 21: 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).


Feb 29, Mar 22: Tour of Living in the Folk Houses

The curator of the Minkaen will give explanations based on interviews about living in the folk houses of each …

Explanation about the lives of the folk houses

March 7: Mangekyo-no-Mukashibanashi

Folktales storytelling around the hearth.


November 30 – March 8: Special Exhibition “Yukigakoi” (Snow fence) at the Sugawara House

The traditional way of protecting folk houses from snow, using snow fence, in regions with heavy snowfalls, is …

Snow Fence-The Yamada House”

March 15: Explanation about the Architecture of the Folk Houses

Our staff member explains the highlights about architecture of the folk houses in each area. Visitors can join …

The Explanation of the Historical House

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 …

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