Outline of Exhibition

Japanese Architecture - The Hanada family fisherman's lodge ("banya") and herring fisheries
Period Jan 16 (Wed) - Feb 11 (Mon, a Holiday), 2008
Venue Special Exhibition Galleries 3, National Museum of Japanese History
Admissions Adults ¥420 (¥350)
Senior high school & college students: ¥250 (¥200)
Elementary & junior high school students: ¥110 (¥90)
* Fees in parentheses apply to groups of 20 or more
* Admission to permanent collection included
Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no entrance after 4:00 p.m.)
Closed Jan 21 (Mon), 28 (Mon), Feb 4 (Mon)
Sponsor National Museum of Japanese History


Model of the Hanada family fisherman's lodge ("banya")

Rekihaku has in its collection models of buildings that are important in the history of Japanese architecture. Most are 1/10 scale models that are faithful reproductions of actual buildings. They make it possible to see original features, including overall shape, layout, and the structure of the attic, that cannot otherwise be easily visualized today.

Different models have been displayed on a regular basis since the opening of the museum. This year, we have on display a model of a fisherman's lodge that belonged to the Hanada family. Still standing today in Obira-cho, Rumoi-gun, Hokkaido, the lodge was built in 1905 and has been designated an important cultural property. Although built using Japanese-style building techniques brought to Hokkaido from Honshu, its unique character also comes from hints of Western style architecture, which was popular in Hokkaido. The building is a good example of domestic dwellings from the Meiji period, which were also known for their large wooden structures and their grand interior spaces made by combining pillars and beams. Capable of being split into three sections, the Museum's model shows all of the building's features. It affords a clear view of the inside of the building, including the interior of the rooms and the underside of the roof.

The Hanada family fisherman's lodge is valuable both as an example of the architecture of a domestic dwelling as well as an example of one of the few extant fishermen's lodges located near a herring fishery. From the end of the Edo period through to the Showa period, herring fishing was an important industry that supported the economy of not only Hokkaido, but the whole of Japan. Fishing lodges were built near herring fishing grounds all over Hokkaido as local centers of herring fishing. Built in 1905 when herring fishing was at its peak, the Hanada family fisherman's lodge remains a symbol of the glory days of these herring fisheries.

In addition to the model, the exhibition includes photos of the fishing lodge, including photos of tools and other items used in herring fishing and panel displays with photos showing the prosperity of herring fishing at that time. There is also a video which records the herring fishing process. We hope this exhibition will leave visitors impressed by the important role played by herring fishing in Japan from the Early Modern period to the Modern period.

Main Exhibits

  • Hanada family fisherman's lodge ("banya") (Model, Museum collection)
  • Photos of the Hanada family fisherman's lodge (Panel display)
  • Photos of items related to herring fishing (Panel display)
  • Video of herring fishing in Obira-cho (Shown on television screen)

Note: Please note that items in the exhibition are subject to change.