Mr. Nakazaki was a landowner who held the area of Bizen Fukuoka as well as the old Oku county, and the land on the banks of the Yoshi river known as the old Katakami county and Jootoo county. His mansion built over the course of ten years is a living testimony of the everyday life of a wealthy merchant under the late Meiji (late 19th century) and the Taisho period (circa 1912), and is now a local house museum in which you can admire a rich Japanese art collection and Japanese traditional architecture.
Today, the house is looked after the original owner’s direct descendant, Mr. Nakazaki, and is still full of old family pictures and original furniture. Unlike many house museums around Japan, this residence has preserved its very homely feeling, making it easy to imagine how life must have been like here. Don’t hesitate to have a chat with the local volunteers or even Mr Nakazaki if you wish to have an even deeper insight in the History of this charming Japanese house and the purpose of every single room, from the main room where important guests were greeted to the small tea room in which matcha was diligently prepared. Many cultural events and art exhibitions are also hosted throughout the year.