Vernacular Private Houses
While MINKA is a common name for the old farmhouses and town houses in Japan since early times, people probably hold an image of it to be a "hometown" when they hear this word.
"Jubun MINKA" refers to those buildings that are designated among private houses as important cultural assets by the national government. Jubun MINKA depicts the history of life in regions nurtured for generations as living spaces over a long period of time.
As a result, they display abundant characteristics and values, such as friendliness and unique individual expression different from that found in temples and shrines.
Jubun MINKA have a great attraction as structures closely related to people's lives, but they have traditionally been introduced only through the research and academic publications of specialists.
But now the time has come for those owners living in such vernacular private houses to widely distribute its information to the people interested in Jubun MINKA.
We have created this homepage in hopes that more people will take an interest to explore the friendly existence of precious Japanese heritage, Vernacular Private Houses (Jubun MINKA).
Our goal is to have more people deepen their understanding of such valuable culture and see "Jubun MINKA" in a different light that is beyond what you had ever imagined.
JAPAN HISTORIC HOUSE OWNERS' SOCIETY
Jubun = Important Cultural Assets appointed by the Agency for Cultural