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Feel The Nobility… Former Maeda Family Residence


How large is your house??
My house is too tiny. And furniture is so cheap.

In this article,I introduce former Maeda family residence.
It will make you feel noble life.It will be extraordinary experience.

It is located in Komaba park Meguro-Ku,Tokyo,Japan.
It takes about 15 minutes from Odakyu line Higashikitazawa Station or Komabatodaimae Station Keio Inokashira Line on foot.

Here is the entrance of Komaba park.This gate is also former Maeda family’s gate.
This gate  registered Important Cultural Property in Japan.
Whole of Komaba park was Maeda family’s asset.
This gate and architecture is registered Important Cultural Property in Japan.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Walking straight,there are a beautiful house.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

This is the Former Maeda Family Residence.
This is a western design house. Japanese design house is reconstructing now.It will be opened April 2016.
Western house is designed as Tudor style.
It was constructed in 1929. Host was Toshinari Maeda. Maeda family was ruler of Kaga-Han(now Ishikawa prefecture) in Edo period.It was powerful and rich clam. Toshinari Maeda was 16th head of the family. Since Meiji period,Maeda family became 華族(”Kazoku” means the nobility).
He had been to foreign countries,for example UK and Germany,so he knew well about design.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is entrance. I felt like I was in noble story…

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful stairs and beautiful stained glass.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here was a old sofa.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

I discover beautiful design.This is a grape.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

This is a marble stone.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is dance hall.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Out side of dance hall.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

From dance hall toward stairs. Once,beautiful women may had descended the stairs,and entered dance hall…

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Corridor beside stairs.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Let’s Go up the stairs.

Beautiful design was all over the house.
Especially,I like this stairs.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

My photos are a little dark.
I wanted to show beautiful light coming through window.
And it also stand out colorful stained glasses.
If brightness was adjusted to interior,window had been overexposed.
I thought the charm of this architecture was light and shadow.
So many of my photos a taken Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode of Nikon D810.
I often use this setting when I want to make use of light.
It makes faster shutter speed and less noise and dramatic photo.

Nikon Highlight-Weighted Metering Mode
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

There was an old clock.It keep on moving.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Then I found reflection of lantern on clock.
Design of many lanterns was Arabesque. Arabesque design means continuity. It does not end.
I think this design is expression of hope for continuity of clan.
So I was impressed when I found Arabesque reflection on clock.Time does not stop.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Other places there were many plant design.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Corridor of second floor.
This architecture is rectangle. So perspective is good.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Third daughter’s room.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Door knob. Maeda family people may had touched..I feel history.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Sleeping room.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Wife’s room.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Black and White.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

From opposite side.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

 

Second daughter’s room.

Part of Fireplace. Decorative design and beautiful green.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Cool lamp.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Pine tree. It is unbecoming combination with western style house.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Study room.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Meeting room.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Inside wall. Reinforced.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Room for maid. Japanese style. Shoji(paper sliding door) and Tatami(Japanese straw floor covering).

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Now I returned stairs.This is  a relief next to stairs.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Now let’s descend the stairs.
I like this photo very much. I wanted to show interior so I adjust to brghtness to interior. So windows are over exposed.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Other beautiful designs.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is a cafe. Visitors can enjoy coffee.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Exit. A woman was drawing the house.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Exterior from other sides.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

I forgot to take statue of wing lions.Maybe it will be veranda of this side.Next time, It I’ll take them.

Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

This was great experience for me.I appreciate for Maeda family.
And I also appreciate for all people who keep this place beautiful.

And If you go here, I recommend to go two more museums. They are located near.

Here is The Museum of Modern Japanese Literature.

The Museum of Modern Japanese Literature,Meguro-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
The Museum of Modern Japanese Literature,Meguro-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum(Nihonmingeikan).Opposite side of Komaba park. But it will take only several minutes on foot.
Maybe here is more easy to fun for foreign travelers.

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum(English)

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum,Meguro-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
The Japan Folk Crafts Museum,Meguro-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Information
Former Maeda Family Residence
Tripod is prohibited.And model shooting is also prohibited(Commemorative photo is OK).
Please do not use flash.
Please do not disturb other visitors.
Please do not touch furniture and other places.
Here is very nervous to protect precious architecture.

Entrance fee:free
Holiday:every Mondays and Tusedays(But National holiday is open), from December 29th to January 3rd.
Open hour: 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Nearest station: Higashikitazawa Station/Odakyu line or Keio Inokashira Line/Komabatodaimae Station . Both about 15 minutes on foot.
Guide volunteer: from 11:00AM and 14:00PM about 40 or 50 minutes.(free,but maybe Japanese only) *No volunteer guide on Wednesday.

*If you want to take photo for business purpose,you must process application and payment.

Former Maeda Family Residence(Japanese only)

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