In Japan Open Air Folk House Museum old folk houses are on display on the gentle slopes of Tama hills.
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Sept. 3rd: Beigoma Tournament ‘12th Minkaen Cup’

‘12th Minkaen Cup’, a beigoma (traditional Japanese spinning top) tournament where all ages can participate, f …

Begoma Tournament

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

Oct. 21st: 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

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

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

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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