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Old Kaneko Family Home
Old Kaneko Family Home is an old folk house of merchants, dealing second-hand clothes since 1854. They later sold Japanese clothes until 1982 in this house. Today, the inside of the house remains the same as it used to be. As a result, this traditional building is chosen as a tangible cultural property of the city of Akita. In fact, it represents a common merchant's building of the ancient time. As a result, you can see the house and the storehouse of merchant in old days.
- 1-3-30 Omachi, Akita-shi, Akita
- Contact No.
- Approx. 15 min walk from Akita station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed on the year end and New Year holidays (Dec 29‐Jan 3)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 min
- Admission fee
- 250 yen (Free entrance for people who bought a ticket for Akita City Folklore & Performing Art Center)
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Inside the store
The old Kaneko Family dealt with various clothes and tissues of kimono. The articles are preserved in the storehouse made of mud. They brought the articles to the store when a client ordered. You can see how they put a price tag on the articles, how they packed their products and how they kept the account book at this place.
Dozo (storehouse made of mud) where they kept the articles
As you enter the house from the entrance, the store is situated on the right. If you take "Tori doma," which is a corridor made of mud, you will reach the storehouse. They call this storehouse, "Dozo," surrounded by black walls and several doors locking the place. Now the storehouse has been transformed into a resting place. Sometimes concerts take place here as well.
"Tensui game" for a fire
"Tensui game" is a water jar that they kept on the roof. It is one of the feature of old house in Akita. In fact, this jar stocked rain water and is used when there is a fire. Although it is not common to have this today, many houses of this area had it on the roof a long time ago.