Former Takegawa family residence

Year of completion unknown


  • Geya-zukuri
  • Dashigeta-zukuri


  • Yorozuya Bezaiten

HISTORY of Former Takegawa family residence

The residence consists of two buildings—a single-storey building and a two-storey building. The one-storey building is a geya-zukuri (refer to architectural feature 006)—several of this kind can be found in Hiwasaura, but this is the only one in Sakuramachi-dori. The two-storey kominka (traditional folk house), which is characterised by its stepped roof is a dashigeta-zukuri (house with protruding longitudinal beams), and the rhythmic latticework of the windows on the second-floor is a distinctive feature. It was opened in January 2020 as a multipurpose space called “Yorozuya Benzaiten”. The rental gallery is used for events and is open to the local community.

FEATUREFeature of Former Takegawa family residence




The main structure is surrounded by an extension in the form of a shed that is around 1/2 gen (0.9 metres) of the main structure. In farmhouses, what is called a shiho-geya-zukuri (geya-zukuri on all four sides ) can be found commonly. In Hiwasa, there are a few of these geya (shed-like) structures on the side facing the street that are about half to one ken (0.9-1.81 metres) in width. There is a small step on the roof, at the transition between the main structure and the geya (shed-like) structure.



A girder with its bottom chords and beams protruding from the exterior wall to the street is called “dashigeta”. It is sometimes called "degeta". By passing rafters over the dashigeta-zukuri structure, the eaves can be elongated. This type of structure is often seen in machiya houses, and is called dashigeta-zukuri.



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