Here is a conservation area of historic townscape,
Joto used to
be a castle town of Tsuyama castle, and houses and buildings
from the Edo era are well preserved. It takes about 25min by car from Shurakuen garden.
Some samurai residences are opened to the public. First, we
visited ‘Sakushu Joto
yashiki’. This building used to be a school in the Maiji
era. Here is also a place where Japanese film ‘Otoko ha tsuraiyo’ was shot.
Behind this building, there’s an exhibition room for carnival floats. They are
Tsuyama City has 28
danjiri which are designated as important cultural assets of Okayama, and four
of them are exhibited here at the moment.
Those danjiri appear
at Tsuyama festival (at Osumi shrine) in November
once every 2years.
Let’s go inside
What a gorgeous float
It has a driver’s seat and a steering wheel
The oldest danjiri was made in 1856
Dragons are curved on the roof of
each danjiri. So elaborate…and beautiful
Maybe I'd better come back to see Tsuyama
In the exhibition room, some paintings by a local
painter, Isao Kono are
displayed. I also liked them
You can see some old furniture and tools at Sakushu Joto yashiki.
with drawers (right) kitchen tools
It also has a big rest room. Those ‘fusuma (movable doors)’ are designed by Isao Kono. He draw a snow scene
in Tsuyama and wild flowers. I'd love to have doors like those in my house
Next, we visited a residence where Genpo Mitsukuri used to live until he
became 14years old. He was a scholar of
Western learning in the Edo era.
I found a statue of him in the garden
He was good at English as well, so he was asked
to translate some important English documents when Matthew Calbraith Perry visited
Japan in 1853.
Apart from that, I noticed small red
stuff hung at the entrance. Apparantely, they are called ‘kukuri saru
(bound monkeys)’. They are traditional
lucky charm. It’s displayed to welcome visitors.
At the end of our trip,
we tried local specialty ‘hormone
udon’ I’ll tell you about it in the upcoming episode.
Joto yashiki Address: 19 Nakanochotsuyama City Tel:
0868-24-6095 Opening time: 9:00-17:00（last admission 16:30） Close:
Wednesdays (open if it’s a holiday) Admission: free
Mistukuri Genpo house Address: 6 Nishishinmachi,
Tsuyama City Tel: 0868-31-1346 Opening time: 9:30-16:00 Close:
Mondays (open if it’s a holiday) Admission: free
conservation area : Joto district Address: the area between
Hashimoto town and Higashi sin machi in Tsuyama City Tel: 0868-22-3310（Tsuyama tourist association）