The ancient samurai house: Kanazawa

The old house of a Samurai

In Kanazawa prefecture there is a district where you can see the house of the Nomura samurai 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 seized power over Kanazawa Castle and established a period of peace that lasted for three hundred years. By that time, the samurai Nomura Denbei Nobusada was upgraded and received a property of 3,305 square meters. The Nomura family maintained their status until the 20th generation, when the Meiji Restoration (1868) occurred.

The old house of a Samurai

As the renovation began, the entire feudal system that Japan had lived on for hundreds of years was abolished, and almost all samurai houses were destroyed, turned into farms, or sold to the highest bidder. So the Nomura family suffered the same fate.

Despite some of the parts being sold or modified, the Nomura home 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 get a sense of what life was like for the ancient Japanese, looking at the beautiful garden attached to an official house of a samurai.

Furniture, interior, artifacts such as Senkei Sasaki artworks, ceilings and doors have high cultural value.

The old house of a Samurai

Sitting in the chamber of Jyodan-no-ma (the lord’s room) and his studies, one can enjoy the beautiful garden so cleverly designed. With an exquisite waterfall, a clear winding stream running through various stones, a bridge made of cherry granite, various types of lanterns that illuminate the garden, and a multi-story tower arranged here and there. Furthermore, there is a unique Myrica over four hundred years old that is said to be difficult to plant in the Hokuriku district.

The old house of a Samurai

This garden is highly 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 Japan’s cultural heritage 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, tatami mats, scrolls with Samurai calligraphy, original armor and many other interesting things to see.

The old house of a Samurai