The old house of a Samurai : Kanazawa
In the prefecture of Kanazawa there is a district where you can see the house of the Samurai Nomura clan. The building is almost intact and is a sample of how the samurai warriors who protected, at that time, the Kanazawa village lived.
In 1583 the feudal lord Maeda Toshiie took power from Kanazawa Castle and established a period of peace that lasted for three hundred years. At that time, Samurai Nomura Denbei Nobusada was upgraded and received a property of 3,305 square meters. The Nomura family maintained their status until generation 20, when the Meiji restoration (1868) occurred.
At the beginning of the renovation, the entire feudal system of which Japan had lived for hundreds of years, was abolished, and almost all the samurai houses were destroyed, converted into farms or sold to the highest bidder. So the Nomura family suffered the same fate.
Although some of the parts were sold or modified, the Nomura’s house is now open to the public. Visitors are expected to imagine the prosperity of ancient times through the wonderful architecture and, at the same time, have an idea of what the life of the ancient Japanese was like, looking at the beautiful garden attached to an official house of a samurai.
Furniture, interior, artifacts, such as Senkei Sasaki’s works of art, ceilings and doors, have a high cultural value.
Sitting in the chamber of Jyodan-no-ma (the room of the Lord) and his studies, you can enjoy the beautiful garden so cleverly designed. With an exquisite waterfall, a clear and sinuous current that crosses several stones, a bridge made of cherry granite, several types of lanterns that illuminate the garden and a tower of many floors arranged here and there. In addition, there is a unique Myrica of more than four hundred years that, it is said, is difficult to plant in the Hokuriku district.
This garden is very honored as one of the most typical works among the so-called Kobori Enshu style gardens. So now, people who go to this place, can fully appreciate the cultural heritage of Japan in Kanazawa Prefecture.
Visitors can enjoy Japanese green tea (matcha) on the second floor. To respect nature, the tea room is very small. In the house there is a traditional Japanese altar, sliding doors, tatamis, and scrolls with Samurai calligraphy, original armor and many other interesting things to see.