Hokkaido Cultural Center, a site where heritage buildings from around Hokkaido were moved to, mostly from the 1800's.

Noticed this reflection of the entrance to the cultural center while sitting on the bus. The mirror was for the bus drivers' purposes, but I loved how it framed the buildings.


Closer detail of above photo.


This was a typical residence on the site. Very cool!


A shrine.

Looking down one side of the house, in a hallway. Lovely gardens to the left, out the window.

Looking through the house. The design was open, but also with rooms encircling the main space.

View from the other side.

Old temple.

Inside the temple, where a wide-angle lens would've been handy.

Old bell to call people to the temple.

Out-building in a "fishing village" setting. The roof tiles were beautiful!

These are all original tiles, and mostly original wood, too!

Original stonework and tiles.


Not much for English interpretive information, so I don't know what the tiles were made of. Couldn't reach them.


Same fishing village site and the rice bags are pictured, below.

This was how rice was stored!

Side shot of the main house where the family lived on one side, and the workers/fishermen on the other side.

Workers' side, with artifacts --- and an elder, answering questions from the school kids. The elder spoke just enough English to say that the fish caught were herring, and that he heard Toronto was nice.

Kitchen area.

Kitchen and storage.

Old wood-burning stove/cooking "furnace."

Man-made pond to give the fishing village a bit of water ambience. :-)

Floor board detail in one of the houses.

Inside of a samurai-turned-farmer's house.

More of samurai-farmer's place.

All the houses were built up high, partly to keep out of the dampness, and a lot for keeping out of the vermin's reach. People kicked their shoes off at the door, then stepped up into the buildings. Signs asked visitors to remove shoes, and there were often little mule-style slippers to wear.
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