In Japan Open Air Folk House Museum old folk houses are on display on the gentle slopes of Tama hills.

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Explanation about the lives of the folk houses

The curator of Minkaen has the explanation about the way of life in each folk house in old Japan. Please feel …

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

‘Toh-no’ Folk Story Telling

On the third Sun. of even-numbered months,folk stories are told in Toh-no dialect in the Kudo house. Date: Apr …

toh-no Folk Story Telling

Michinoku-Mukashibanashi (Michinoku Old 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 Told 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

Mini-Exhibition at the Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop ‘Hina-Matsuri(The Girl’s Festival)’

We exhibit the works of hina dolls’ pattern dyed with indigo and hanging hina dolls matching the Dolls Festiva …

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

Snow Fence-The Yamada House”

A traditional snow fence will be restored at the Yamada house. It was used in older times in snow region to pr …

Snow Fence-The Yamada House”

Demonstration of making folk crafts : December ~ March

We have the demonstration of making folk crafts inside of Minkaen on Sundays, mainly. Activity Time : 10:00 a. …

Annual Event Exhibition (Dec. ~ March)

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

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