No one has lived at Misawaya for last 40 years. However, neighbors thought the house is very important for this town and they should preserve it for the future generations. And then, they have been taking care of the house for the last 20 years.
In 2014, they told my family that it is going to be difficult to take care of the house for them anymore because they are too aged. The owner of the house was my family’s relatives. And we found out that we had to do something taking over from them.
In the beginning of after notified, we had a plan to pull down the house. But the more we get to know about Misawaya, the more we cannot do that because the house has 150 years history and has been watching people’s lives for a really long time. And also so many people have been supported to preserve it.
“What can we do for the house?”
Our family has been thinking for a long time for the answer. And also I have been thinking what to do. One thing I felt is that this house is very attractive and I would like to leave it.
In 2016, finally, I have decided I am going to use the house as a manager. Then our family started to renovate the house and make use of a cultural resource.