Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Shoya House at the Huntington Gardens

 On Feb. 25th we visited the new Japanese "Shoya House"  at the Huntington Library and Gardens   “Shoya:The head of the village : in preindustrial Japan , the shoya or village administrator oversaw all aspects of village life. He acted as an intermediary between the samurai and the farmers collecting taxes and maintaining census records as well as settling disputes and enforcing law. “ This authentic Shoya house (built around 1700) was shipped from Japan and reconstructed at the Huntington gardens. Work will continue on the property to further replicate “rice fields “around the home. “Rice was the staple food and main measure of wealth in Japan for centuries.” See link in comments section for visiting hours. It opened to the public a few months ago.

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