Kadoya [The Hironos]
The Hironos - the sixth Toemon had started a pharmacy “Sansendo” in
Bunka 7 (1810), the latter part of Edo period
- had been carrying on a pharmacy “Katsunosha” since Meiji period. Moreover, they had served as a village
headman for 20 years since Tenpo 11 (1840), and paid more than 1,000 ryo to the
domain of Toba as the business tax. Those days, serving as the head of the village
headmen, they were permitted to use surnames and wear swords, and were given
the room for the Hironos in Toba
Castle. In the famine, they gave benefit for the
villagers. They would often make all
sorts of donation generously as a charitable family.
main house consists of two parts ? a two-storied and a one-storied part. A two-storied part was built in Bunsei 8
(1825) and a one-storied part was rebuilt in Meiji 17 (1884).
entrance was restored on the basis of the drawing in Edo
period. The tools on the shelf were in
use for compounding a medicine in Edo
period. A signboard on the wall was
actually hung under the eaves in Meiji period.
The signboard under the eaves now is a replica.
No one lived in the main house for a while. However it is in good state of preservation, so
a lot of traces in Edo and Meiji period are
left here and there. Especially window
panes are prominent ? distorted panes, colored panes, frosted panes and so on
are worth seeing.
also the fine elaborate plans are worked out on fusumas (sliding doors) and
ranmas (openwork screens above the sliding partitions between two rooms).