Shoya House Tour
SAH/SCC On-Site Tour: San Marino
Saturday, November 11,2023, 09:00 AM
fall, join SAH/SCC for a behind-the-scenes tour of the reconstructed 320-year-old
magistrate’s (shoya) house from Marugame, Japan, at the Huntington Library,
Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. The Japanese Heritage Shoya House—a 3,000-square-foot
residence built around 1700—served as the center of village life.
Los Angeles residents Yohko and Akira
Yokoi offered their historic family home to The Huntington in 2016. Huntington representatives
made numerous visits to the structure in Marugame and participated in study sessions
with architects in Japan before developing a strategy for moving the house and outbuildings
to Southern California. Since 2019, artisans from Japan have been working alongside
local experts to assemble the structures and re-create the traditional wood- and
stonework features, prioritizing the traditions of Japanese carpentry, craft, and
sensitivity to materials.
At The Huntington, visitors will be able
to view the house from the interior and walk around a re-created period compound
that includes a residential garden with a pond. The two-acre site includes a new
gatehouse entryway based on the original, as well as landscape elements that closely
resemble the house’s original garden.
Our group will be joined by Robert Hori,
the Gardens Cultural Curator and Program Director at The Huntington, who will share
the history and inside story of the reconstruction of the house.
Tickets include full access to The Huntington
to enjoy the grounds, visit various exhibitions at the library and galleries, and
dine at the restaurants (Rose Garden Tea Room reservations are strongly recommended).