- The Restoration of Yanagisawa House (Built in 1951-52, Ohara, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo) and Promotion of Historical Associations with Tea
The original Yanagisawa House has been partly preserved as a registered tangible cultural property and the rest was rebuilt in the early Heisei period. The author has written previously about the house, and this paper supplies further information about the original form of the house and of a project which has made use of the house. The results of an investigation and interviews with related persons are as follows. The layout of the original house was a compromise between Japanese and European style. A western-style room （drawing room） was constructed by the front door. The house had a middle corridor. There were rooms equipped with a water supply on the north side of the corridor, and 3 rooms were distributed on the south side. There was a hearth in the Japanese-style room next to the drawing room and there was a door in the center of the middle corridor. The drawing room and the Japanese-style room on the east side of the house were used for service, and the rooms on the west side were for family. Though the rooms on the west side of the house were demolished during reconstruction, this lost section seems to have been built with no particular design. The designer of this house, Yasubee Ito, tried to foreground a feature of a traditional private house by leaving the structural materials exposed: the logs which appear under the ceiling of the drawing room remain visible. The extant part of the old house is open to the public during Tokyo Heritage Weeks. And various events are performed in the other house at the same site while the project of tea-processing is held in the tract of green land formed by the garden of the Yanagisawa house. Though the tea industry in Setagaya declined after about 1900, tea cultivation was popular in what was then Daita village and in Shimokitazawa, and the Yanagisawa family were at one time engaged in the trade. The events at Yanagisawa house aiming at the reproduction of the past will motivate people to revive the house as an important local historical property. Yanagisawa house, in cooperation with Saita Memorial Hall （established for the purpose of promoting tea culture） and shops in the Shimokitazawa area, will be a good base for this campaign.
- 学苑 = Gakuen
学苑 = Gakuen 959 1-25, 2020-09-01