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@The history of Kusatsu, at KirishimayaI


@The history of Kusatsu

In the old Kusatsu district, buildings were built in such a way that the second floor overhung the first (made from protruding beams in the same way as with ship-building).

In the inns in Kusatsu, these protruding beams were carved and turned into decorations.

The carvings in our ryokan were particularly intricate, depicting designs such as dragons (the Black Warrior) etc, and previous generations took great care of these and other engravings. However, during the time when wood was still burnt for fires, one unfortunate bath attendant broke them up to use as firewood. What you can see here is one of the larger pieces that was recovered from the resulting matchwood (see photo). We think it depicts the Black Warrior from the Buddhist Five Cycles theory.


This engraving is another piece that was preserved undamaged.@The reverse ¨

@The reverse side is made for playing a kind of dice game. Both sides are carved, and I remember hearing that is to help maintain the shape of the board and prevent it warping, but I can't be sure because it was a good ten or twenty years ago.

This printing block was used for making prints when Kirishimaya operated as a souvenir shop. When my father was a child he was made to make prints using this printing block and he remembered that he "didn't particularly enjoy it!"
You can use this printing block to make your own prints! Please ask for more information

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On the way to Kusatsu Hot Spring
As appears in the Hizakurige series (Shank's Mare) - Volume 10
An article by Ikku Jippensha in his famous book introducing the Kirishimaya in the Edo period
This book of Gidayu (a style of traditional chanted narration) telling the story of Chushingura belonged to my great-grandfather, who was born in 1838.
He used to chant Gidayu himself during the Meiji period.


This may bring back memories for some customers, but actually this hibachi (brazier) is still in use.

This safe was used up till about 30 years ago to hold customers' valuables.

Natural Korean ginseng pickled in distilled spirit and served here
@Kirishimaya Ryokan - with the Shiriyaki (bottom burning) Bath and Old-style half-polished rice, it's the best for your health!
Telephone 0279-88-2871
Homepage http://www.kusatsuonsen.jp

Chairman of the Jikan-yu Preservation Society
Leader of the Yumomi Presentation Society
Yoshiaki Nakazawa

The roads in Kusatsu-machi are narrow and sloping, and many of them are one-way streets.

If you have any problems on arrival, give us a call and we will direct you. But please drive safely - refrain from using your mobile telephone whilst driving.

The weather is colder here in the mountains than in the cities, so please bring adequate clothing. The air feels cold to your skin right until July.