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This traditional farmhouse is the former residence of the late Jiro Shirasu, who served in Japan's first democratically-elected government after the Second World War. Most Japanese know him as the bureaucrat tasked with presenting a Christmas gift from the Emperor Hirohito to General McArthur, and objected at McArthur's suggestion to leave it on the floor—an incident reenacted in a popular TV drama. Shirasu lived here with his wife, Masako, an expert on Japanese art and prolific author, until his death. The wooden house offers insights into the typical way of life outside the cities, and you can stroll in its pleasant gardens.