Cherish the Old

Antique treasure trove

Antique treasure trove

Masumi introduced me to a man who collects old things. Today Hiroo and I visited the house where he keeps his treasures. I guess it is his “man cave” in that his wife doesn’t share his interests at all. So instead of keeping these things at their home, he rents an old Japanese farmhouse to display his vast collection!

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He collects everything from vintage and antique dishes to clocks and furniture! This wall hanging is a cloth that covered the bridal bedding as part of the dowry. It dates from the Edo period! I was fascinated to see the ice shaving machine used for kakigori treats. (early 20th century). We enjoyed the local sushi prepared by an elderly woman living in the neighborhood.

Hand-turned ice shaver for kakigori

Hand-turned ice shaver for kakigori

Inaka sushi

Inaka sushi

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And you can imagine, the best part for Hiroo was the Japanese swords, both short dagger and full-size katana. What is it with men and swords (men and guns?)

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Masumi wanted me to see this collection!

Masumi wanted me to see this collection!

Yoshihiro- san has restored his Victrola and played a very old record for us. I was thrilled to hear a song from the 30’s coming from the old machine. It was made in America.

Yoshihiro-san demonstrates his Victrola

Yoshihiro-san demonstrates his Victrola

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He also showed me a child’s tea set made for export that says “made in occupied Japan” on the bottom! I don’t know the value of these objects but they are fascinating to look at and there was just so much to see! I wish I had taken more pictures!!

Thank you for inviting us into your amazing private museum.

Masumi made this stained glass lamp!

Masumi made this stained glass lamp! Amazing!

With Yuki-kun and Masumi

With Yuki-kun and Masumi

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keiko
    Jul 19, 2015 @ 02:12:34

    久しぶりにリア先生のお元気そうな姿を拝見できてうれしいです。ようやく梅雨明けしましたね。暑い夏休みの始まりです。今年は息子と台湾に旅行に行ってきます!

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  2. leahmama1
    Aug 01, 2015 @ 09:31:15

    今メールを見た!台湾はどうだった?楽しそう!!

    Reply

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