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The old mansion of Kozo Watanabe is now open to the public.

その他 | 2012.05.04 Friday 18:43

The old mansion of Kozo Watanabe is now open to the public.
The completion of framework of this mansion was back in 1894.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅玄関
 
Go into a fine main gate.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅長屋門
And you see a storehouse inside the residence.
Here is the entrance.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅土蔵
Kitchen.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅台所
It has a beautiful garden too.
This mansion was designed as the traditional Japanese samurai residence.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅座敷
This is two-storied residence facing Hashimoto river.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅橋本川土手側
The style of two-storied residence facing the river was used for other famous historical mansions around here.
People of former days loved to look over the window and to enjoy this beautiful view along the river.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅から橋本川を望む
This is the entrance of tea-ceremony room. 
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅茶室入口
After coming back to Hagi,
Watanabe devoted himself to maintaining Shoukason-jukum where he used to learn at,
while he always enjoyed tea-ceremony here.
渡辺蒿蔵旧宅茶室
Watanabe lived the longest out of all the students at Shokason-juku.
In this mansion, they exhibit the history of Shokason-juku,
pictures taken while he was learning abroad and while he was working for Nagasaki Dockyard.
They also have a precious group picture that he took with Taro Katsura and other people who were associated with.
The old mansion of Kozo Watanabe. It’s a new must-see sightseeing spot in Hagi.
The old mansion of Kozo Watanabe
■PLACE/萩市江向5番地(江向八丁筋、萩自動車学校の通り)
■TIME/9:00?17:00(visitors must enter by 16:30)
■OPEN 7 Days a Week ■Admission Free
■萩循環まあーるバス(Shuttle bus available)
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