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Sept. 16th: 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).

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

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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Demonstration of making folk crafts : April ~ July

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

Oct. 4th: 《Museums Collaboration》 Moon watching ‘Enjoy Jūgoya (a full moon night) at Nihon Minkaen and Sheishonen-Kagakukan’

August 15th of the old calendar is called “Chushu”, or also called “Chushu no Migetsu” (harvest moon). Minkaen …

Moon Observation at Minkaen

Annual Event Exhibition (Apr.- Jul.)

Various events such as the Girls’ Festival and the Bon Festival, which were familiar in almost every house before, are displayed or demonstrated in a folk house.

Tango-no-Sekku (The Boys' Festival)

Oct. 8th: Teach me, Mr. Carpenters! – Traditional carpentry demonstration and workshop (for kids)

There will be demonstrations using traditional carpentry tools, such as Masakari (hatchet), Chona (adze), etc. …

Teach me, Mr. Carpenters! – Traditional carpentry demonstration and workshop (for kids)
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