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While Neeta7 was here we made sure to get out of busy Tokyo for a day. The Open-Air Folk Museum was a wonderful and interesting day trip to see historical Japanese homes and enjoy some fresh air!

A small exhibit is displayed at the visitor center and elaborates on how the homes were built. Here you can see some of the hand tools used to construct the impeccable and sturdy homes that were onsite.

Above, you can see an interior snap of the Hara House which was built in 1911. Below, the Misawa House had a very unusual roof. What is remarkable about each home is that none of them are built with nails. Each home has its own mortise and tenon – type joinery style. Some being extremely elaborate but all of which are made by hand to last and withstand local weather conditions.

Cheese! We’ve known each other since 5th grade and have been pals for most of the time since. Ha, all of the time since!

Many of the homes were open to walk through and you could really get a sense of what life was like. While 1 or 2 homes were for merchants or well off families, most seemed to house farmers, metal smiths or other trades. So thinking about life without running water, electricity, or other luxuries was very humbling.

The thatched roof on many of the homes was remarkable. I have never seen anything like it! The roof was said to be very protective of the outside elements, I sure believe it, seeing as some of these homes were in cold areas with lots of precipitation.

Mr. Cakes, Neeta and myself managed to wonder around the different homes all afternoon and enjoy ourselves. It was like stepping back in time. Anyone looking for a break from Tokyo or just an interesting day trip should head out to Nihon Minkaen, Open-Air Folk Museum for a lovely day.

We ended our day at a nearby park ‘riding’ a vintage train.