Cultural Path Futaba Museum (文化のみち二葉館)

-Former Residence of Sadayakko Kawakami(旧川上貞奴邸)-

This is the former home of “Japan’s first actress”, Sadayakko Kawakami, and the “king of electric power”, Momosuke Fukuzawa, from the Taisho era to the early Showa era in Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture. They were business partners.

When the house was first built, it was located in Higashi-Futaba-cho at the northern end of the Cultural Path district, the area stretching from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawaen. The house, which is a blend of Japanese and Western styles, was so opulent and radical that it was called the “Futaba Palace”.

The Cultural Path district was an area where the entrepreneurs that became leaders of modern industry hobnobbed with missionaries, journalists and all kinds of other people from the Meiji era through the early Showa era.

The house had a large modern hall with a spiral staircase and stained glass windows and became a salon where many famous people from various fields, including politics and finances, and people of culture, gathered.

The house was relocated to its current location in Shumoku-cho in February 2000. And it was restored as the newly-named Cultural Path Futaba Museum (Former Residence of Sadayakko Kawakami) in February 2005.

And now many Sadayakko-related materials as well as literature with a connection to the local area are stored and displayed there.