Guide to the Grounds

Guide to the Grounds

1SEISUIKYO (Rustic House) – Exterior
The original middle-Edo period structure was transferred here by Honda and renovated as the magariya-style.
1SEISUIKYO (Rustic House) – Interior
 
1SEISUIKYO (Rustic House) – Sliding doors
The interior space uses colored paper made by dye artist Motoju Miyosawa.
2Monument of some of the oldest concrete telegraph poles in Japan
These concrete telegraph poles are among the oldest in Japan and were part of the telegraph line established as a national project in order to keep Emperor Hirohito informed of the latest developments while he was on pilgrimage to the Ise Grand Shrine. They were brought here by Mr. Honda while he was involved in construction work for the Ministry of Communications
3SHOKINTEI (Tea Room)
This structure was transferred and renovated by Mr. Honda to include electronic appliances including a wind furnace, lighting, fan and phone. He referred to it as his “Electric Tea Room”. The current name is adopted from the name of his parents.
4Ceramic Komainu (Lion-dogs)
Mr. Honda was born in the year of the dog according to the Chinese zodiac and he became known as a researcher and collector of ceramic komainu (lion-dog) statues.
5Kyogen Stage
Mr. Honda loved kyogen-style traditional Japanese theatrical comedies and performed them on this stage each spring at a party he held for viewing ceramics and cherry blossoms. He also wrote and performed original pieces.
6Sampei Ebina Residence
Mr. Honda moved this structure from his birthplace of Hanamotocho. Explore the lifestyle of everyday small farmers of the Edo period.
Sampei Ebina IV was a swordsmanship instructor with schools in Koromo and Owari fiefdoms. This is said to have been his home after the abolishment of the feudal system as part of the Meiji restoration.
7Storehouse (Remains)
There were two brick storehouses that were used as warehouses and research space. The ceramic reliefs on the outer walls are said to have been made by ceramic artist Tokuro Kato.
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