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Founded by Konosuke  Yasuda in the Meiji period, Matsukawaya was a producer of miso and soy sauce. The shop was in business until around 1965, after which it became a liquor retail store.

The original two storehouses where production of miso and soy source was taken place still remain on this site. These storehouses facethe street and were built in 1892 in the kurazashiki style with a shikkui roof. The combination of two storehouses and the large red pine tree in the front yard creates an elegantly tasteful scene very typical of Japan’s castle towns. Both the shop and the main residence were built in the Meiji period and use the traditionalkiritsumaand hirairi style common in townhouse architecture. However, the front of the shop, which faces the street, utilizes the modern billboard-style of architecture.

Designated as a Historically Scenic Landmark by Shirakawa City on November 11th, 2011.

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