Diving Deeper

Tsuwano’s Tangible Cultural Property: Dry Goods Dealer Sasaya


Established in the first year of Ansei period (in 1854) the store was a purveyor to the Tsuwano domain, dealing with draperies, cloths, western odd pieces, sundries. The old sign showing sale of western style umbrella available tells a story of a modernizing Japan.

While the front of the building has been redesigns into a glass shop front, the building still holds its atmosphere since it was erected after the Great Fire of Kaei period (in 1853), being one of the important examples of merchant houses from that period.

A small but elegant garden from the road towards the back of the mansion still remains, with an engawa (open corridor) connecting the living area with the kura (storehouse).


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