The residents of Kibichuo Town are extremely proud of their rich heritage of agriculture and commerce. In an effort to honor and preserve this history, the Kamagawa History and Folklore Museum was established.
Opened in 1975, the museum houses an extensive collection of the typical everyday items that would have been used by households and in business. The fascinating aspect about many of the objects is that they are largely still in use today, just in a more modern form.
It serves as a clear reminder of the fact that in the past things were made of metal, wood, leather and cloth for the most part and not the plastic that is so prevalent these days.
The museum building is a curiosity in itself in the sense that it is basically a traditional Japanese building, reminiscent of the Meiji era. However, it has just a little tinge of something extra that was often added during that period. There is clearly Western influence embedded in the design of the structure.
The Meiji era was a time when Japan brought in a wave of new ideas, people and goods. This is reflected in the pieces on display as well. You can really see how trade and commerce directly affected people’s lifestyles.
The wagon wheels attached to the museum’s facade might be a bit confusing since they look like something out of a Hollywood Western movie. The reality is, however, that over a hundred years ago a horse-drawn wagon would not have been uncommon.
Access: Take the Tsuyama Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuwatari Station. Take a 20 minute taxi ride from JR Fukuwatari Station to Kamogawa History and Folklore Museum.
About the Area
Kibichuo Town is a located within the Chugoku Mountains and is comprised of fertile highland farmland and expansive forests. Its natural scenic beauty has long attracted the attention of visitors from around the country and in recent years, international travelers have followed suit.
Easily accessible from both Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, Kibichuo Town is the perfect getaway.
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