Remains of the Jomon period
There are plenty of remains from the Jomon period in Shizukuishi. Jomon earthenware, made for daily use, with its distinctive rope pattern and Dogu (clay figures) used for prayer were excavated and saved.
In the Edo period, horses were utilized to facilitate farming in Shizukuishi. Horses were treated with great care, like family members and lived in close proximity. The distinctive houses of that time are called “Magariya” and were L-shaped, so family members could mind the horses from anywhere in the building. The family members paid close attention to the horses during their daily meals, and even when they went to bed they listened to the horse movements and eating sounds to evaluate their horse’s health. Horses are now largely gone due to changes in lifestyle and the Magariya houses have almost disappeared, fortunately some Magariya houses have been carefully preserved by the locals.
The history of cohabitation with horses.
Earthenware of the period
The interior of Magariya houses
The external appearance of Magariya houses