IORI HISASHI

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A journey into the past at a vintage Arita house

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Iori Hisashi invites you to experience an extraordinary trip into old Japan, a stay at a Meiji Era house. Be our guests in our traditional merchant’s house, or Machiya, that was built in1900.
As you enter the first floor, notice the low ceiling that is a distinctive feature of Meiji houses. Take the stairway to the Zashiki room on the second floor, and notice of the rarely seen set of drawers installed under the steps along the way. This type of cabinetry is unique to Machiya style Arita houses. Art objects or a Ikebana floral arrangement will greet you from the Zashiki’s tokonoma (alcove). Above you rises the Funazoko tenjo ceiling (literally, ship’s bottom), whose vaulted contour enhances the room’s feeling of spaciousness. This is constructed in the sukiya shoin (tea service room) style
Use Iori Hisashi as your home base, from which you can easily explore our quant, but lively town of Arita, nestled in a green mountain valley of Saga Prefecture, Kyushu. Indeed, the Arita Foklore Museum is just steps away from our door. Historically, Arita is a very important site in Japan, for it is the original location for the introduction into and development of fine porcelain-ware. See the Izumiyama kaolin quarry, which enabled this industry to become established in Japan. A short train ride to the Upper Arita Station and a short walk (see map) will allow you to marvel at a 1000-year old ginko tree, which is a National Cultural Heritage treasure. Sit in a traditional garden there and enjoy a cup of tea in the tearoom.

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One of our Japanese –style guest rooms which has 10 straw mats and an Alcove.

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One of our Japanese –style guest rooms which has 10 straw mats and an Alcove.

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Old Imari collection wares are decorations in the alcove.

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The ceiling, which looks like the bottom of a ship, is peculiar to buildings of the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), and is tastefully designed.

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One tatami mats room for four adults with four futons.

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Guest Room 2 has a 6-tatami room adjoining the Japanese-style Ozashiki = big tatami room. You can leave your luggage in this smaller room, or use it as a bedroom.

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Guest Room 2 has a 6-tatami room with a dressing table adjoining the Ozashiki.

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Partition of Guest Room 1.2 with a carved wooden panel above the paper sliding doors.

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The stairs leading to the second floor rooms is called Kaidan Tansu, which means “staircase chest of drawers.” This traditional design element incorporates drawers under the stairs. Often it is steep and narrow, so please watch your step! This picture looks down from the 2nd floor.

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In our dining room, please enjoy your breakfast and view the courtyard outside the window.In addition, it is an emergency gathering place of refuge.

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View of the dining kitchen-dining room from the entrance and gallery.

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,Fine Matcha (powdered green) tea that will wake you in the morning.

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In our dining room, please enjoy your breakfast and view the courtyard outside the window.In addition, it is an emergency gathering place of refuge.

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Our parking lot, which can hold 3-4 small cars, has a narrow entrance, so please be careful when entering and exiting. If you have a big vehicle, please park at the nearby public Rokuroza parking lot (100 meters from our guest house.

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Studio workshop of 12 tsubo (approximately 40 m2), called “Hisashi Kama” “久窯”

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Workshops such as Kintsugi (gold mending), Painting, potter’s wheel and Karatsu Tataki are available.  Additional fees:¥3000(yen)per/hour At our workshop, we have one kick-wheel and one electric potter’s wheel, which are available during workshop.Workshop capacity: up to 10 people.

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You can enjoy a work shop in a wide space.

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You can use and toilet, refrigerator, kitchen so you can comfortable workshop in the workshop.

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Our bath room building is old, but you can enjoy its shower and bath tub, that are in good condition.

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a room containing a washbasin next to washroom.

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Each rest room has a simple flush toilet. The rest room is petite-sized, but please understand its old-time aspect. Each room has a men’s and ladies’ room.