Kikuya Family Residence, Hagi Town

Former samurai quarters in the middle of a serene town

By Jerome Lee    - 1 min read

People in the know of Japanese culture would have definitely heard of samurais, the noble military men of medieval and early-modern Japan. They are the warriors who stand tall in war during the Japan of old, and even today you have to admit that their armour exudes a good amount of bad-assery. A tiny bout of excitement filled me as I was informed of the Kikuya Residence, an important cultural property in historically rich Hagi town of Yamaguchi prefecture, which once belonged to the Kikuya family, samurais-turned-merchants who were revered for their past contributions to Hagi and its inhabitants.

Aside from the fact that the Kikuya residence belonged to a former samurai family, it is considered the most impressive amongst all the old residences in Hagi town, due to the contrast that is its avant-garde interior design and its long history. The residence has now been converted into a tourist attraction, with around 5000 artifacts from the Edo period. Also it retains its breathtaking gardens, some of the most beautiful ever seen. JapanTravel takes a look inside the residence.

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Jerome Lee

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Singaporean who lived in Melbourne, Australia for 3 years, and undertook a journalism degree. A lover of soul, funk music (Motown especially), and many other forms of music. Love meeting new people, and creative things (art, fashion, photography, design, films...). Currently working at JapanTravel in Tokyo as Operations Manager for the Travel Agency department, and chasing spelling mistakes/grammatical errors in Tokyo