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I visited lastly “The Old Akamatsu Memorial House” that stands 10 minutes away from the Old Tokaido road. This amazing mansion belonged to Akamatsu Noriyoshi, a vice admiral in the late Edo and Meiji Period, and eventually donated to Iwata City.
Now, please see the map first. You can tell how great he was from this spacious site. It’s free to look around ! Passing through the old checking gate, I found the first large house on my right (A). He is also known as a culturally established man and this house is said to have been used as his library which carried about 3000 books and documents that were all donated and are currently preserved in the Central Library of Iwata City.
Next, I found a park-like garden. A statue was there to welcome us. Yes, he is Mr. Akamatsu, the former owner. How are you doing ? Thank you for the beautiful evening !＾＾
I walked up to the next house, actually an exhibition room (B) where you can see his belongings and other materials. Beyond the exhibition room is a decent bamboo forest (C). It was creating “Japanese” in the light of the setting sun. Beside the bamboo forest is a small pond. There I found a frog, I dare say a symbol of Japan’s good old days. I’m always tranquilized by “Japanese”, something very peculiar to traditional or cultural things in Japan. What about you ?＾＾
The last thing I looked around was this beautiful house, “The Old Akamatsu Memorial House” (D). Here exhibits varieties of designated cultural treasures related to Akamatsu Family. Admission free. You can also enjoy special green tea for a charge. It’s very nice to feel a slow-passing time looking out the beautiful Japanese garden, isn’t it ?＾＾
The gold drawing below is the one awarded by the 16th master of Tokugawa ( Tokugawa Shogunate finished in 15th ) in the late Edo Period. It was so gorgeous that I could not help but give a sigh. I just wonder how much it’s worth.
Anyway, please be sure to stop by The Old Akamatsu Memorial House when you visit Iwata City by any chance.＾＾
Have a good day !
The Old Akamatsu Memorial House
Access from JR Iwata Sta. ： 10 minutes by bus to “Kawaramachi-kita” and 1 minute walk
Admission ： Free of charge
Closed ： on Mondays, the day after holiday, year-end and new year days.
Open Hour ： 9:00 – 16:30
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