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Demonstration of making folk crafts (December – March)

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

Annual Event Exhibition (December – March)

We have annual event exhibitions on the different themes every month mainly at the Kitamura House (15) and the …


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

December 2, February 24: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

December 8 / February 16: 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

November 25 – March 10: Special Exhibition “Yukigakoi (Snow fence)”-The Yamada House-

The remaking of a traditional snow fence for protecting from snow at the Yamada House. Date: Sunday, November …

Snow Fence-The Yamada House”

December 16 / January 6: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

December 23 / January 14: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

November 24, 25: Minken at night~Light up of The Folk House and Maple~

Extended opening time,we will light up Post Town and Shin-Etsu Regional village. In The Folk House,we’ll put a …

Minken at night

January 5 / March 2:Mangekyo-no-Mukashibanashi

Folktales storytelling around the hearth.

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