Surrounded by trees, the old house sits preserved in tranquility, exuding the beauty of traditional Japan and reviving the taste of the Edo Period two centuries ago.

This is the house of Fumiko Hayashi (1903-1951), one of Japan's premier female writers in the first half of the 20th century. The aesthetics of her residence can hardly be found in today's Tokyo.

Hayashi, whose novels are known for their compassionate descriptions of working-class women, built the house in 1941. It was opened to the public in 1992 as Hayashi Fumiko Memorial Hall.