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Oct 26, Nov 16: Special Exhibition commentary (for public)

Special Exhibition commentary (for public) Our staff will explain the highlight of the exhibition “Livin …

Kokagesan Shrine

Oct 15: Special Exhibition commentary (for children)

Special Exhibition commentary (for children) Our staff will explain the highlight of the exhibition “Liv …

Kokagesan Shrine

Sept 22, Oct 22, Nov 9: 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

Sept 15, Oct 14, Nov 4: 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

July 3~November 24: Special Exhibition “Living with Silkworm – sericulture faith in Okagami”

This Special Exhibition is introducing those of aspects in regard to the sericulture as a major industry and t …

Kokagesan Shrine

September 11 ~ October 20: Mini-Exhibition at Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop “Tie Dyeing – Thread’s Magic 6-”

There are many kinds of techniques and works in the tie-dyeing. We exhibit various kinds of tie-dyeing and the …

'Tie Dyeing -Thread's Magic 2'-

Oct 27, Dec 8: 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

Oct 5, Nov 2: Mangekyo-no-Mukashibanashi

Folktales storytelling around the hearth.


Demonstration of making folk crafts (August – November)

We offer the demonstration of making folk crafts (including straw craft, bamboo craft and weaving) inside Minkaen.

Warazaiku (Straw works)

Sept 21, Nov 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).

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