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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 …

Demonstration of making folk crafts (April – July)

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

Annual Event Exhibition (April – July)

Various events such as the Girls’ Festival and the Bon Festival, which were familiar in almost every house before, are displayed or demonstrated in a folk house.

Tango-no-Sekku (The Boys' Festival)

May 18: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-Hanashi

May 19, June 16, July 15: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

May 25, June 8, July 27: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

June 1, July 6:Mangekyo-no-Mukashibanashi

Folktales storytelling around the hearth.

Mangekyo-no-Mukashibanashi

June 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

June 23: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

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
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