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Name
Kami-Tokikuni Residence
Address
Minamitokikuni, Machino-machi, Wajima City
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Category
History
Class
Landmark
Age
17th century~19th century
Designation
・Nationally designated important cultural property: Kami-Tokikuni residence main building, rice granary and barn (December 2003) ・Nationally designated monument: Garden of Kami-Tokikuni House (December 2007) ・Prefecturally designated tangible cultural property: Kami-tokikuni family documents (December 2007)
Comment
The ancestry of the Tokikuni family can be traced back to Taira-no-Tokikuni, the son of Taira-no-Tokisada known as a character in the Tale of the Heike. As the house is located in the upper reaches of the Machino River, it is called “Kami-(upper) Tokikuni.” The head of the family served as a village official known as ôjoya in the tenryo directly controlled by the shogunate. The main residence took more than 20 years for local carpenters to complete. It is a house with a half-hipped thatch roof, and lean-to tile roofs on the four sides. Its main entrance is located on the side of the house. At the front, there is a door with a step and a Chinese-style gable. Inside, the ceiling varies depending on the formality of the room. The magnificent room with a raised floor known as “Dainagon-no-ma” has pillars and other elements finished with urushi-lacquer and ornate openwork transoms. The garden harmonizes well with the grand residence. The government has designated the former as a scenic spot and the latter as an important cultural property. The Kami-Tokikuni family documents, which contain records of agricultural administration and industries from the medieval period to the modern period, have been designated as a prefectural tangible cultural property.
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