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⑦ Designated Place of Scenic Beauty in Japan: Old Ikeda Family Gardens (F-5 zone on the map)
This Japanese garden is in the style of a path around a pond, with an area of 42,000 m2. It was built during the late Meiji period (1868–1912) and the early Taisho period (1912–1926) by the Ikeda family, one of the three powerful landlord families in the Tohoku region. The largest stone lantern in Japan is four meters high, and its shade is four meters in diameter. People are amazed and moved upon seeing this. The garden is adorned with cherry blossoms in spring, waterside flora in summer, colored leaves in fall, and snow in winter.
[Important Cultural Property of Japan: The Western-style Building of the Old Ikeda Residence]
The residence was completed in 1922. The marble architecture is said to be the first reinforced concrete building in the northern part of the Tohoku region. It is partly used as a public library and contributes to the education of the locals. It was also the Ikeda family’s guesthouse with a dining/music room and a billiards room. The gorgeous interior decor using Japanese leather wallpaper can only be found in a few places today.
① Nationally Designated Historic Site: Hotta no Saku Ruins (F-5 zone on the map)
This site contains the ruins of what appears to be a political and defense facility of ancient Japan. It was built in the early Heian period (794–1185) by the central government, which was established under legal codes to promote the unification of the country. Although it is the largest in the Tohoku region, there is no mention of the site in any ancient documents. Even its historical name is unclear. This historic place remains shrouded in mystery.
[Winter Festival at Hotta no Saku]
The Saika-Senboku Festival is held every year on August 15. During the festival, people parade in the main street wearing the Heian period’s clothes, and fireworks are launched. Meanwhile, in early February, the South gate is lit up for the Winter Festival. One thousand small snow domes lit up with candles make for a fantastic view and atmosphere.
⑯ Daisen City Archives (D-2 zone on the map)
This facility was set up in 2017 to collect and store important local historical records of the city, such as administrative materials and historic documents. It aims to make them publicly accessible and preserve and pass on the citizens’ common property to future generations. The building used to be an elementary school in Kowakubi District.