他郷阿部家

Thanks for visiting the Takyo Abeke website.
Takyo means “one’s second home”, or “a curious turn of fate”.
If you pass by on your way home, wherever that may be, stop in and pay us a visit.
Our staff members are eagerly awaiting you!



Kamaba Tomi Matsuba

My role in Abeke is that of the kamaba. Kamabakamado, a type of cooking stove. Traditionally, kamado were viewed as symbols of home, but nowadays, few houses with these special stoves remain.



Banto Hiroki Mineyama

A banto is the head, or manager of a household. Hiroki manages the affairs of Abeke well, but still has room for improvement, and is thus a self-proclaimed “mid-level banto”.



Bon-Tenzo Takuro Onodera

The Japanese word Bon means “common”.
Tenzo refers to Zen Buddhist priests in charge of making meals.Cooking is regarded as one of Zen Buddhism’s many disciplines.Because Onodera is still working his way towards mastery of this discipline, his title is Bon-tenzo.



Okami-Minarai Mizu Ohkouchi

Okami is a female owner-manager of Japanese traditional hotel. When our Okami, Tomi Matsuba, is away from Abeke, Mizuho Ohkouchi will serve as a proxy.

 

The history of Abeke begins in 1601, when the first-generation Abe Seibei was appointed as a silver mine official by Okubo Choan, the lord of Iwami Ginzan. Seibei moved from the Kai region (present-day Yamanashi Prefecture) to Iwami Ginzan.
The Abeke house now stands in the Komanoashi area, but according to documents written by the sixth generation Chutaro, the house was originally in the Ginzan area, before it was destroyed by a fire around 1615-1623. The current house was built in 1789, and prospered greatly from 1818 to 1844.
However, after over 30 years of vacancy and neglect beginning in 1965, the once-proud house was near ruin. In 2001, Tomi Matsuba bought the Abeke house and started a series of ongoing repairs lasting to this day.
1st term repairs – February, 2001 – the main house
2nd term repairs – May, 2005 – the barn and bathroom.
3rd term repairs – February, 2007 – Youma, the study, and theater room