Kamafusa House in Miyagi Prefecture
Former House of the Sato Family and Former Stable of the Takahashi Family
This is English site
- Original location
- Kawasaki Town, Shibata County, Miyagi Prefecture
- Period of construction
- Main house: Mid-19th century (at the end of the Edo period)
Stable: Late 19th century (Meiji period)
- Floor space
- Main house: 148m2 (45 tsubo)
Stable: 48.2m2 (14.4 tsubo)
- Form of the house
- Rectangular (stable in the annex)
- Mr. Ryoji Sato (main house)
Mr. Koichi Takahashi (stable)
- Tangible cultural property No. 1 of Kawasaki Town, Miyagi Prefecture (designated in 2000)
- Supervisor: Dr. Kazuo Kusano, Professor Emeritus at Tohoku Institute of Technology
This house stood at a place submerged under the Kamafusa Dam.
The owner donated it to Kawasaki Town Office, and the house was open to the public until 2003 as a “folkloric house designated by Kawasaki Town.” Then, it was moved and reconstructed in a park.
Characteristics of the house – stable located outside
Kawasaki Town, where the park is located, has a warm climate with relatively little snowfall for the Tohoku region.
Therefore, the house had a low-pitched roof and a relatively narrow dirt-floored space, and the stable was outside the main house.
Since the stable had already been lost, we moved and reconstructed another stable that had been preserved in its original form.
Floor plans of the main building and stable of Kamafusa House. Scale = 1:40
- It originally referred to a large working space on the dirt floor. However, at the time this house was built, a shed for working was built outside, the daidokoro (kitchen) on the wooden floor was expanded and the dirt floor became smaller.
- In the daidokoro, a open fireplace was installed in a cut-out section of the floor, where the residents of the house cooked food and gathered around the fire to eat meals and chat.
- This was a room for storing tableware, utensils and the like. It was also occasionally used as a bedroom for family members.
- This room was used for welcoming regular visitors as well as for small gatherings of people. It also served as the front room connecting to the okuzashiki.
- This was used as the bedroom and a clothing storage space for the husband and wife who owned the house.
- This was the formal guest reception room with a tokonoma – a built-in recessed space where decorative items such as scrolls and flowers were typically displayed.