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Minkaen in the Evening – Night Autumn Leaves in the Nihon Minkaen – The Illumination of the Historical Folk Houses

The opening time will be extended, and the Shin-etsu region village and the Shukuba (post town) will be opened …

Minkaen in the Evening

Sales of Mingikai bamboo & woven crafts

Bamboo and woven crafts made by the Mingu-Seisaku-Gijutsu-Hozonkai (the Society of Preserving Arts and Skills …

Sales and Exhibitions of ‘Mingi-kai’

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

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

Demonstration of making folk crafts : August ~ November

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

Warazaiku (Straw works)

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)

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. …

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