Friday, 22 February 2019

The Aoyagi Manor In Kakunodate, Japan

Along the beautiful main Samurai street in Kakunodate is a nice house museum that belongs to the Aoyagi Touemon family. Their family history dates back to the 1600s, shogun times. The house and surrounding gardens give a nice sense of how a well-off family lived in Kakunodate back in the day.

The main house.

A statue of the patriarch. The armory, featuring items from the 15th to 19th centuries.

A typical interior room. Refined.

The museum displays plenty of collectibles from the recent past, including many Gramophones and the family's sophisticated musical taste.  Show offs.

Anatomy lesson. The museum has a copy of the first translation of a Dutch anatomy book and the illustrations were executed by Odano Naotake, a distant relation of the Aoyagi family. The book dates to 1774.

Another look at some of the impressive armor. Equally impressive grounds.

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