There is rich history in this tranquil place.

For example, there are copper plates between the foundation stones and the bases of the building's pillars.
According to the caretaker, these were probably installed to repel bugs and prevent corrosion.
I wasn't aware that copper has these benefits and was impressed at the intelligence of our ancestors.

Next, there are the lattice windows. These are made of long, thin slats of wood placed vertically and spaced regularly.
With gaps between the slats, you can adjust the lighting and airflow by sliding the window.
I gave them a push myself to see how the interior illumination could be changed.

As I learned about each architectural variation from long ago, I was amazed at the ingenuity on display.
This 150-year old house was one surprise after another.


When I finished one circuit of the house, I aimlessly stood on the wrap-around veranda and stared at the garden.

It is a home fit for its designation as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, but I was the only one there at the moment.
Relaxing in that special, historical place as if it were my own personal residence was a splendid experience.

The soft wind that slipped through the rooms felt very comforting.
I sat on the veranda and leisurely pondered life, love, work, and many things.
This time, I felt like answers came a little more easily as I was surrounded by more than 150 years of ambiance.

By noticing craftsmanship and pausing for a few moments, an old house becomes more interesting than a new house. That was my insight.

House of the Furuichi Family

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