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Mini-Exhibition at Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop – Exhibition of Dyeing Patterns–

The patterns that dye house had in old days. There are many kinds of unique characters. Even for the same char …

Mini-Exhibition at Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop – Exhibition of Dyeing Patterns–

The Special Exhibition for Celebration of 50th Anniversary – Nihon Minkaen ‘Past and Present’ Story –

Minkaen opened in April of 1967. This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary. To celebrate this major mileston …

The Ito House

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-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)

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

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

Kominka Café ‘Jin’ya-sō’

In spring of 2017,the Kominka Café ‘Jin’ya-sō’ will again open for business! Visitors can have a taste o …


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

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. …

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