Asian Multigenerational Houses アジアのお屋敷

Today, I would like to show you two multigenerational houses in Japan and Macau, both built in the 19th Century. Two houses were the best residences in those days, suitable for the land and climate. I'm very curious about the LIFE those families had in these beautiful houses.


The one from Japan is Wada House, Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture (built between 1830-1867). The Wada Family had been one of the leading families of the village from generation to generation. Some parts of the Wada House are open to the public today, and we can see a little of what their lives were like in the old days.
More details are here.


The other house in Macau is commonly called the Mandarin’s House, Zheng Guanying’s family house (built in 1811). Zheng Guanying (1842-1921) was a 19th Century Chinese thinker and educator, and his book “Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity” contributed to the modernization of China.
This house is such a big house for a single family. It has 60 rooms and is 4000㎡. It was very rare in Macau in those days and even today.


テーマ: 歴史 | ジャンル: 学問・文化・芸術

Hina Matsuri ひな祭り

From mid February to March 3rd, Hina Matsuri Day, we display Hina Ningyo Dolls at home. But these days, not so many families celebrate this tradition.
When I was a young girl, my grandparents, parents, cousin and aunts prayed for the health and happiness of ME! They all get together and ate chirashi-zushi (a style of sushi where the raw fish topping is placed on a bed of rice) and clam soup. My Hina Ningyo Dolls were decorated upon a five layer platform, and included the main dolls as well as various noble furniture. It also embedded a music box playing a Hina Matsuri song. I remember that I repeatedly wound the key and listened to the music by myself. The music of Hina Matsuri reminds me of those days and is very nostalgic for me.


Hina Ningyo Dolls wear the ceremonial court dress of nobles from the Heian Period (794-1185). In modern-day Japan, people from the Imperial Family wear these costumes only for very special occasions such as a ceremony in which the Emperor accedes to the throne, or when a member of the Royal family marries.
The main dolls represent the Emperor and Empress, while the other dolls represent three court ladies and five musicians serving the Imperial Court. At the Imperial Palace in the Heian Period, facing outwards from the Emperor, a cherry tree stood on the left and a mandarin orange tree on the right. The same arrangement of these two trees is seen in this decoration. The main dolls sit at the highest and most prestigious location.


Today, I will introduce how to make Hina Ningyo Bunny and Hina Kazari Decorations. It is an easy way to touch Japanese culture in your own home. I hope you will enjoy the feeling of Hina Matsuri!


Paper clay
Pink beads x4
Washi Origami:
1/4 size (7.5x7.5 cm), square size x 11 (5 for Male, 6 for Female)
1/4 size gold x1 and black x1
And…scissors and glue

1/4 サイズの正方形 x 11枚 (男雛用5枚、女雛用6枚)
1/4 サイズの正方形 金1枚、黒1枚

Click the tutorial for
Balls, and
Small Boxes.


1. Red & Black Origami: 7.5 x 1 cm x 2 each
2. 1/4 size Origami: Yellow & Pink x 1 each
3. 1/4 size Origami: White, Ocher & Dark Pink x 2 each
4. 1/4 size Green Origami x 4
5. 1/16 size Red Origami x 63
6. Gold Origami x 2
7. B4 size Red & Gold Paper x 1 each
8. Colorful Washi Paper: 36 x 1 cm x 4
And… cork mat, 2 toothpicks, 4 clips, scissors, glue, a needle, and red string

1. 赤と黒の折り紙:7.5 x 1 cm x 各2枚
2. 1/4 サイズの折り紙:黄色と桃色 x 各1枚
3. 1/4 サイズの折り紙:白、黄土色、濃い桃色 x 各2枚
4. 1/4サイズの折り紙:緑色 x 4枚
5. 1/16 サイズの折り紙:赤系統の模様入り x 63枚(三角錐用に3枚x5、二十四面体用に12枚x4)
6. 金色の折り紙 x 2枚
7. B4 サイズの紙:赤色、金色 x 各1枚
8. 繧繝(うんげん)模様に見えるような色合いの和紙: 36 x 1 cm x 4枚