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Ikuta Ryokuchi Park Summer Museum: ‘Enjoying the Evening Cool in Minkaen – Let’s Play With Water! –’

An event with the theme “Enjoying the Evening Cool in Minkaen – Let’s Play With Water! –” will be held on the …

Enjoying the Evening Cool Breeze in Minkaen -Let's play with water!

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

Japanese Puppet Show ‘Shōutsushi-Asagaobanashi Yadoya ~ Ōigawa’

Once a year a puppet show, which is designated as an important cultural property of Japan, is performed in the …

Japanese Puppet Show ‘Shōutsushi-Asagaobanashi Yadoya ~ Ōigawa’

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

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)

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

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
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