This Memorial Museum was established in 1975 in remembrance of Kunio Yanagita. Kunio Yanagita was a recipient of gThe Order of Culture Awardh and was offered the first Honorary Citizenship of Fukusaki-cho. He is a member of the Matsuoka family, which was active in areas such as medicine, classical literature, linguistics and arts. He had authored A History of Hunting Terms, The Legends of Tono, and many other books. The culmination of all of his literary works granted him the title gThe Father of Japanese Native Folkloristics.h

The birthplace of Kunio Yanagita, which was referred to by Yanagita as gthe smallest house in Japan,h is considered to be the source of Yanagitafs aspirations towards Japanese native folkloristics. It has been moved for preservation purposes to the western side of the Memorial Museum.

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