Welcome to Tofukuji Machiya
This is Samurai Jim’s place and we’re happy to share it with you. It is our latest and largest project and we hope you’ll like it. Jim’s family crest is the famous “Maru ni Ken Katabami” (an encircled creeping wood-sorrel flower), symbolizing mercy, wisdom and virtue, with added “leaves” (Ken) to the flower indicating swords for a more military flavor. This crest is used by clans including the Nakamura, the Hirano, the Shibuya. (Please note that the decoration of the house may change with the season.)
Here is a more detailed description of the Tofukuji Machiya. (you can click on any photo to see a larger one).
The floor plan of the house will make it easier for you to understand the position and layout of the various rooms and areas of this house. Simply click on the small graphic to see a larger one.
The Entrance – “Genkan”
The LDK – Living Dining Kitchen
From there, you can enjoy the large flat screen HDTV on the right side wall across the room from the coach.You have access to regular Japanese broadcast as well as Netflix and internet channels for unlimited movie and TV series enjoyment.
The fully equipped kitchen is spacious and functional. You’ll find everything necessary to prepare a coffee or a breakfast, or even cook a sophisticated meal. A sink, induction heating plate, dish washer (with the product), and all the necessary appliances you’d expect to find in a home: fridge with freezer, coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, rice cooker, oven/wave oven, pressure cooker, blender, and all the pans and cutlery and plates and glasses, etc.
You’ll also find salt, pepper, sugar, cream, soja sauce, oil, etc.
The Japanese Living Rooms
On the right of the entrance hall, the first room is the “Tiger Room”, called like this because of the large size “Byobu” or folding screen decorating the whole wall. When not used as a bedroom (depending on the number of guests), this room is used as a Japanese tatami mat living room.
The bathroom is located at the end of the entrance space, behind a wooden door. You first enter the laundry room with a fully automatic All-In-One Washer / Dryer (something travelers will truly appreciate.)
For the convenience of larger group of guests, we have installed a second toilet and a shower room upstairs.
You’ll find a hair dryer in each bathroom. Also, we provide body soap, shampoo, hair conditionner, but no personal items such as toothbrush or tooth paste.
Access to the upper is through regular stairs that are not as steep and narrow as the ones often found in old traditional machiya. The upper floor features two independent Western bedrooms and a Japanese tatami mat room. There is also a toilet and a shower room — something larger groups of guests will certainly appreciate. From the stairs, you have independent access to all three bedrooms.
The first bedroom on the right is a Japanese tatami mat room, a Geisha style room with a traditional wedding kimono and an old “Shoindo” or wood cut panel placed on the window. Up to three futons are placed on the tatami mats as required. An old “Tansu” or furniture as well as a large closet are at the guest’s disposal to place clothes and lugagge.
Ahead and on the left of the stairs are the two Western bedrooms.
The first one features a double bed and a little working desk. Of course, there is a closet for the guest’s clothes.
The second one has two single beds and a sofa (which, depending on the number of guests, can also be used as a bed if necessary). And again, there is a large closet for the guest’s luggage and clothes.
A few more photos of the items found around the house…