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.
Walking straight,there are a beautiful house.
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.
Here is entrance. I felt like I was in noble story…
Beautiful stairs and beautiful stained glass.
Here was a old sofa.
I discover beautiful design.This is a grape.
This is a marble stone.
Here is dance hall.
Out side of dance hall.
From dance hall toward stairs. Once,beautiful women may had descended the stairs,and entered dance hall…
Corridor beside stairs.
Let’s Go up the stairs.
Beautiful design was all over the house.
Especially,I like this stairs.
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.
Former Maeda Family Residence, Komaba park,Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
There was an old clock.It keep on moving.
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.
Other places there were many plant design.
Corridor of second floor.
This architecture is rectangle. So perspective is good.
Third daughter’s room.
Door knob. Maeda family people may had touched..I feel history.
Black and White.
From opposite side.
Second daughter’s room.
Part of Fireplace. Decorative design and beautiful green.
Pine tree. It is unbecoming combination with western style house.
Inside wall. Reinforced.
Room for maid. Japanese style. Shoji(paper sliding door) and Tatami(Japanese straw floor covering).
Now I returned stairs.This is a relief next to stairs.
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.
Other beautiful designs.
Here is a cafe. Visitors can enjoy coffee.
Exit. A woman was drawing the house.
Exterior from other sides.
I forgot to take statue of wing lions.Maybe it will be veranda of this side.Next time, It I’ll take them.
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 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)
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.
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)