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House of the Kumagai Family (Important National Cultural Property)

重要文化財 熊谷家住宅

A glimpse of life in the 1800s for a family that prospered from silver mining

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The Kumagai family was the largest merchant in Omori. The family was involved in the management of the silver mine and became a purveyor under the Tokugawa government patronage. Running such finance businesses, sake breweries, and etc., they enjoyed prosperity, as the ruling merchant in the 19th century. It is worth seeing not only the historic architecture and historical associations with the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine but also its furniture, garments and other household articles that change with each season. ‘Kamado-no-hi’ (Cooking Stove Day), a unique opportunity to experience the old Japanese lifestyle, is held every second Sunday of the month.

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