This recreation of the unspoiled landscape of old Tono includes a water wheel turning in a stream, rice patties and a charcoal burner’s hut.
Enjoy experiencing a traditional mountain village here with these thatched roof magariya houses built after the mid Edo period.
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traditions passed along to the present
Date: early June
On the day that all the gods throughout Japan gather at Tsushima Tenno Shrine to the west of Nagoya, two horses made of straw are tied together and offered so that they may be ridden by the god of agriculture.
This is also the season when many insects are active, so there is a tradition to pray for the rice crop to be protected from pests.
Date: early September
Typhoons season begins about 210 days after the start of spring. So in this event, there are a pair of male and female straw dolls and drums playing as people pray for the rain and wind to go away to the north to keep this area safe.
Visitors on this day are welcome to participate in the festival.
Date: Late December
To welcome the New Year, gates and doorways in the community are decorated with pine branches.
A path is made to welcome the gods.
Osakudate is a symbolic decoration used on, women’s New Year (Jan 15), made with Mizuki, which doesn’t catch fire, that is hung up with “fruits” as a prayer for a bountiful harvest.
Tono Furusato Village sightseeing spots
This house was built as an upper class traditional home in the Ohasama area of Hanamaki, and compared with the magariya of Tono, is a rather more valuable magariya. If you enter the building and look up toward the ceiling, you’ll see the god of fire enshrined as the kitchen god.
There is also a rather large straw figure looming here.
“Kawamae” means in front of the river in Japanese, which is where it gets its name as it used to stand in front of a river.
This house was built with many bent pillars and beams, really showing the skill of the carpenter that built it.
This house was an upper class farm house in the Tsukimoushicho-ono area.
There is a Chinese poem by a local calligrapher whose name is known written on a paper door of the inner drawing room.
This building also shows the changes in the development of magariya.
This was the house of a village leader, and there is a large horse in the stable.
This house belonged to the village leader of the Isagosawa settlement. It was the largest magariya in the settlement. There is a reception room here like those in castles or magistrate’s houses, for entertaining visitors of higher rank than the village leader, making this house a very formal village leader’s residence.
*Kimoiri means a village leader’s house.
In the local Tono dialect, “kobiru” means a snack.
This building belonged to the head family of the Akagawa district of Tono.
This house is straight (not a magariya), and the residents had the right to bear a surname and wear a sword during the Edo period. There is also a shed, storehouse, and stable on the grounds.
The original model for homes before they became two story.
This house is an archetypal upper class farm house, with high ceilings in rooms that guests would see, and low ceilings for rooms where only the people living there dwelled.
The second floor of this house was made as a hidden room, and there are wall partitions and such making this house even more well defended than a samurai residence.
This building is used as a dyeing workshop.
Rebuilt in 1999, this magariya is modern and more elegant than the others.
The dyeing workshop “Hotaru” is housed here, and visitors can try their hand at plant dyeing.
There is an attached gallery and gift shop where both plant-dyed textiles and ceramics made in the pottery house are sold.
There are exhibits of the plant and animal life from around Tono.
A specimen room with animals, plants and insects indigenous to Tono.
Lumber taken from the mountains of Tono is made into charcoal.
It’s used in the hearths of the magariya in Tono.
This watermill was for tasks like grinding straw and crushing powders. It is still in use.
The Fujusha Visitor center is the entrance to Tono Furusato Village, and contains a shop, restaurant, and library.