Takuboku's Newlywed Residence

The home of wandering poet Takuboku Ishikawa who lived at the residence for three weeks after he was married.

This is the only surviving samurai residence in Morioka, where Morioka-born poet, Takuboku Ishikawa, lived with his wife, Setsuko Horiai, from 1905 for three weeks at the beginning of his marriage. It is estimated that it was built at the end of the feudal period, and is designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by the city of Morioka. The roof uses iron plate to guard against fires, but it was originally a thatched roof.

As soon as you enter the residence, you are greeted by a large photo panel of Takuboku Ishikawa and his wife, Setsuko. The room in the centre of the residence is where you can learn more about Takuboku's personality and lifestyle with an exhibit of a timeline of Takuboku and stories with his wife, Setsuko, and the Iwate Nippo newspaper in which he had a serialised work. The timeline also shows the history of Takuboku's moves. This explains why he is called the ""wandering poet,"" given his vagabond life living in Shibutami, Morioka, Tokyo, and Hokkaido.

The essay ""My four-and-half-tatami-mat room"" in Kantenchi describes his married life when he was a newlywed.

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● About 5 minutes by bus and about 12 minutes on foot from JR Morioka Station
● About 20 minutes from Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway
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