I went to “Kurosuke’s house” in Tokorozawa city in Saitama Prefecture operated by the Totoro Fund.
“Kurosuke,” or Dust bunny is the character appearing in Miyazaki Hayao’s movie “My Neighbor Totoro.” There are dust bunnies hidden everywhere in the house much like hidden Mickeys’ at Disneyland. I witnessed their efforts to make the house more exciting.
Here we go, into Kurosuke’s house…
This old Japanese style house is a century old and was relocated from Ogose town about 50 years ago. This is a precious cultural asset that keeps the traditional farmer style architecture through its veranda, old stone fireplace flooring, and paintings on the sliding paper doors (fusuma).
Tokorozawa city was the center of Sayama’s tea production from around 1886(Meiji-era) to 1926 (Showa-era).
Kurosuke’s house was built in the Meiji-era and was a tea farmer’s house after World War II.
During my visit, there were a few visitors and it wasn’t so busy like the temples in Kyoto.
Some people were just chilling out at the veranda taking photos and kids were searching for the hidden dust bunnies.
You will feel that time moves more slower here, adding to the experience.
The Totoro image is on the storehouse as a family crest! It’s so cute♡
This storehouse is said to have be built between 1882 and 1892 and was renovated by the old traditional technique of the time. Dust bunnies are hiding everywhere inside the storehouse and on the Totoro’s crest.
Kurosuke’s house is the old house that has such a playful theme.
It was really great to visit!
Please donate for renovations and maintaining Kurosuke’s house.
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