Yoshijima Heritage House

Yoshijima Heritage House (Yoshijima-ke)

National Important Cultural Treasure

National Important Cultural Treasure

This was built in Meiji 41 (1908). Because it has been a Sake brewery since olden times, a huge sakabayashi (sign of a shop dealing in sake, made of Japanese ceder leaves) is hung under the eaves. The beauty of the wood is shown in the wooden pillars and panel doors, as well as in the staircase centered on the main pillar of the house and composed of beams (horizontal pillars) and posts (pillars perpendicular to the beams), with sunlight from the top window entering the house, and in the wooden pillars and panel doors.
In contrast to the masculine style of the Kusakabe house, it can be said that this Yoshijima house is a structure possessing subtlety and feminine beauty, tending towards sensitivity and delicacy through and through.