Kakunodate Fuyuagtari inspires you and takes you on a time travel within half an hour! When the session is over, don't just leave the house yet : Stick around for another quick tour of the Samurai House! Another experienced guide will show you how the wisdom and ingenuity of our predecessors have been excised in such simple housing architecture.
|The Iwahashi Residence (岩橋家）|
The house has two entrances for different purposes – one for daily use, and the other for the guests on special occasion. The family members and friends entered from the larger entrance with 3 sides facing individual rooms for different ranking in the family.
Father was the highest rank in the family, then followed sons, mothers, and daughters. The place designated for the headmaster was the corner of the back room near the irori fireplace, from which he could directly see through the gate, so he could identify the visitor to secure the family safety.
“So, here is what the father used to do.” Sitting across the fire place, the guide took the chopsticks and drew lines on the ash along the four edges.
“These are the ways for the god of fire, and now I make a cross with these sticks facing north to prevent him from entering, then with this,” inserting a spatula perpendicularly in the between, he continued “I securely seal his entrance. Now, see how it looks like: It looks like the kanji character of 'water' （水）."
Everybody leaned to take a look and exclaimed in awe. "This was a magical spell practiced by the master of the house in order to assure that he completed his task for the family safety.”
Kakunodate Winter Storytelling at the Iwahashi Residence is FREE. During the campaign, you are allowed to enter the house, which is not allowed otherwise. Please check the details from the link and join to learn more about the beautiful town!