|“I want to learn about the history of development by our predecessors and pass it on to the children who will become our nation’s future leaders.”
The Museum for Conserving and Passing Down Traditional Agriculture was inaugurated in the Nakashihoro District ? the birthplace of Shihiro Town ? in 1997. In the Nakashihoro District, the first land reclamation was conducted in Shihoro Town in 1898 by Mino Development Limited Partnership, which was organized by farmers from the outskirts of Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. The third and fourth generations of these original development group members are still engaged in farming to this day.
Our predecessors survived many difficult and harsh years to establish Shihoro Town, which is full of greenery, while harboring expectations of and anxieties about the land to be reclaimed in vast snowfields without trails. Remembering their tremendous efforts, we want to understand the importance of learning from the history of reclamation and strong frontier spirit, and then strive for further development toward the future.
The Museum for Conserving and Passing Down Traditional Agriculture was constructed to provide opportunities to as many people as possible, including the children who will one day become our nation’s future leaders, to learn about traditional agriculture. Ideally, visitors will learn how our predecessors led their daily lives and engaged in agriculture since the pioneering days and understand the strong frontier spirit through hands-on experiences and practical training.
“Mino House,” a park commemorating the birthplace of Shihoro Town
Mino House was restored at the birthplace of Shihoro Town in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the development of the town. Constructed by Masujiro Horada in about 1916, it is built in the farm household style unique to the Mino region. It was a pricey structure in those days, and it is said that the materials that were used came from Nishiotofuke and only one carpenter?Kiichi Matsui of Nakashihoro?worked on it.
The house was donated by Kazuo Horada, a third-generation descendent of Masujiro Horada, and the Shihoro Town Office has preserved and opened it up to the public as a development heritage. Back in the days when there were no trucks, the lives of people and horses were present everywhere in rural areas. Mino House also shows that people and horses lived under the same roof.