Diving Deeper

Tsuwano’s Tangible Cultural Property: Traditional Furniture Store of Kawada Family



The Kawada family bought the estate from the Hashimoto family at the beginning of the Showa period(1926-1989), and used it for manufacturing and selling of furniture. From the early 1950s the shop front was rented out as a store and it was also used as a rest area for tourists. 

The building is one of the representative Taisho period (1912 – 1926) building in the old town of Tsuwano, with a store facing the main street, a traditional tatami room and a conjoint center Japanese garden. A unique feature is that a part of the ceiling of the store is removed, with a corridor like space around it. From the store area tooriniwa (dirt floor corridor) leads to the kitchen at the back side of the mansion.


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