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Okabe Residence
Address
Oginoyachi, Hodatsushimizu Town
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Category
History
Class
Landmark
Age
17th century~19th century
Designation
・Prefecturally designated tangible cultural property: Okabe residence (January 1972) ・Municipally designated tangible cultural property: Okabe family documents (March 2009)
Comment
The Okabe family is said to be descended from Okabe Rokuyatatadasumi, a warrior of Musashi province. The family were goshi (country samurai) in the medieval period and served as tomura-yaku of the Kaga domain beginning in the Edo period. The main building is a half-hipped thatch house that was completed in1736. Half of the space at the end of the house furthest from the earthen-floored area was used for the public and guests. The family members used the corner room that extends from the back of the earthen-floored space. When the 13th lord of the Kaga domain toured Noto in 1853, this house was used as the official inn for him. It is said that the garden with a pond and a strolling path around it was built by a gardener called “Noto-no-Komazo”, who participated in building Kenrokuen Garden. In 2011, the house was restored and made to look as much like the original house as possible, in accordance with the design of the house where Nariyasu stayed. The lord’s audience chamber was restored, and the toilet and bathroom were restored with a wooden floor. We can imagine what it was like about 160 years ago. The main building is a tangible cultural property designated by the prefectural government.
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