Take off your shoes, and step into an authentic silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Experience Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events in this 100-year-old house. During busy times, we offer guided tours instead of a seasonal activity, to accommodate the crowds and protect this fragile, historic house.
Japanese House has limited hours. Please check the specific hours on the day of your visit.
てるてる坊主 Make a Teru-teru-bozu (Fine Weather Doll) for Rainy Season!
The rainy season in Japan is called tsuyu. Normally it begins in June and lasts through mid-July. It rains almost every day during tsuyu. In addition to the rain, the air gets hot and humid. When tsuyu is over, summer begins. Although continuous rain can be very uncomfortable, tsuyu is very important for growing rice.
During the rainy season Japanese children make teru teru bozu – fine weather dolls – and hang them from the eaves of their houses or on the outside of windows as good luck charms. It is said that teru teru bozu have the power to bring good weather. Teru means “to shine” and Bozu is the word used describing “a little boy”. It is believed that these little smooth-headed dolls will bring out the sun. If someone is hoping for a rainy day, she can hang the teru teru bozu upside down.
In the Japanese House, visitors can learn about the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan and create a fine weather doll (teru teru bozu).