The base of Soseki literature “Old house” in Kumamoto and the Japanese room
Soseki Natsume is one of the most famous writer in Japanese history.
His masterpiece such as
“I’m a cat”
is translated into various language and are still read all over the world.
He was born in Tokyo and came to Kumamoto as an English teacher after graduating Tokyo University.
During his stay in Kumamoto for 4 years and 3 months, he moved 6 times.
The “3rd house” and the 5th “Uchitsuboi old hose” are still remained as precious heritage.
In “Uchitsuboi old house”, where he lived the longest and in which his first child was born, there are Soseki’s original draft and photo.
In one of the Japanese room, there is a moving doll of Soseki and cat in front of beautiful Tatami and Tokonoma.
“The 3rd house” is usually not open to public but with the effect of recent Kumamoto earthquake, it’s open for undecided time.
Connected Japanese rooms with Tatami are 8,6 and 3 Tatami.
Chair and table on Tatami makes us imagine his life here.
The house in Kumamoto which Soseki loved. Japanese room and Tatami can be said as the “base of Soseki literature”.