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Tsuwano’s built heritage: Fundou-Shichiemon main store

Fundou-Shichiemon main store (Tsubaki family)

The Fundou store can be found on the maps of Tsuwano since the Genroku period (1688-1704). As a purveyor to the government the store was dealing with trading and manufacturing of Japanese candles, fragrant oils (used to make top-knot) and similar goods for the last 22 generations.  In the great fire of 1853 only the earthen walled storehouse remained, and the main house burned down. Gathering and reusing the remaining lumber from the fire, the Fundou store was the first building to be rebuilt in the old town area.

The traditional tatami room, center Japanese garden,  open verandah, earthen storehouse and the fact that the building was built in a slight angle to the road all are style element of traditional Edo period (1600-1868) machiya (traditional townhouse). 

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⑬分銅屋七右衛門本店(椿家)

分銅屋は元禄時代の津和野藩絵図にも現在と同じ場所に見られる。御用商人として和蝋燭、鬢付油等を製造販売し、当代で二十一代目。嘉永6年(1853)の大火で建物は土蔵を残し、全てが消失。廃材などを利用し、いち早く建設された旧町内最古の町家。建物が通りに対して、僅かに振れて建てられていることや、座敷、中庭、濡縁、土蔵等は江戸時代の町家の特徴を色濃く残す。

津和野町伝統文化活性化協議会、平成24年3月発行