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Tsuwano’s built heritage: Zaima mansion

Built in 32th year of Meiji (1899), it is one of the representative buildings of merchant mansions in the old town area. The family was at one time operating a Japanese sake and distilled Shou-chuu store. 

The main gate in the Soukeyaki-dukuri style, and the storehouse with thick (earthen) walls that surround the plot of land are proof of a prosperous family. The main building is a 2 storey wooden structure, with large white walls on the side and latticed windows in the center. 

From the entrance a narrow passage leads to the back said of the building. There is also a garden with Mt. Aono as a shakei (borrowed scenery) which can be enjoyed from the main tatami room. There is also a guest toilet at one side of the garden, which was fashionable at the time of the building.

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⑭財間家住宅

戝間家住宅、明治32年(1899)に建築された津和野を代表する大型町家建築で、酒の販売を営んでいた。総欅造の本門や土蔵が敷地を取り囲みその繁栄ぶりを示している。主屋は木造瓦葺二階建で、正面二階は両端を大壁とし、その間に広く格子を構える。

玄関から通り庭を通り背面空間に至る。座敷に面し中庭を設け、青野山を借景とする。来客用のトイレなどの付属が庭の周囲を取り囲む。

津和野町伝統文化活性化協議会、平成24年3月発行