Aoyama Historical Village – Experience the Politics and Culture of the Edo Period

Aoyama Historical Village – Learn the Politics and Culture of the Edo Period

The Aoyama Historical Village is an establishment with the Keien-sha, a former estate of the Sasayama Domain (feudal lords), as its center and teaches visitors about the politics and culture of the Edo period. The history and cultural archives of the Edo period, from the Nagayamon, row houses with gates filled with the gatekeepers’ rooms, printing blocks of books related to rare Chinese classics in Japan, blueprints of the stone repairs of Sasayama Castle, to the picture scroll Nezumi Soshi (Tale of the Mouse) that is rare even worldwide and was drawn during the Muromachi period, the Sekizou Kanebitsu, a safe made from stone, and several more are exhibited here in the village.

Japan Heritages are stories that convey the culture and traditions of a region and are recognized as such by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.

In April 2015, the “Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Song – The Memory of One’s Home Sung With Folk Song” was recognized as a heritage of Japan. The Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Museum is where the charms of the Japan Heritage Village Tamba Sasayama are shared.

In the Cultural Properties Exhibition Corner is an explanation on the cultural properties of Tamba Sasayama that have been recognized as heritages of Japan. At the Virtual Dekansho Dance Booth, you can experience first-hand a dekansho dance using AR (augmented reality). You can experience the atmosphere of the Dekansho Festival, the largest folk song festival in Hyogo, here. In the theater room, the Tale of Tamba Sasayama Dekansho is televised for visitors to understand the changes the Dekansho Song has undergone. In the VR (virtual reality) Telescope Corner, you can experience the various charms of destinations in Tamba Sasayama through a virtual reality video.

The Dekansho Song expresses the lives and history of the people of Tamba Sasayama. Their everyday emotions and desires, the scenery of Sasayama, their livelihood, and more are sung and passed down as song lyrics. It may also be a great idea to listen to the song while imagining the precious scenes spun by the hearts of the region’s people.

Information

Name: Aoyama Historical Village / Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Museum
Address: Sasayama, Kitashinmachi 48
Phone: 079-552-0056
Website: http://www.withsasayama.jp/REKIBUN/aoyama_top.htm
Access: A 5 minute walk from the JR Fukuchiyama Line at Sasayamaguchi Station, exiting at Nikaimachi bound for the Shinki Green Bus Sasayama Business Office
Fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for high school and university students, 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students (A group of 30 or more will be 250 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school and university students, and 50 yen for elementary and junior high school students)
Museum Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (reception closes at 16:30)
Holidays: Mondays (open on national holidays, then closes the following day), 12/25 – 1/1 the following year