Public Interest Foundation Corporation, Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House carries out conservation work, management and publication of important cultural property the Imanishi Houses and the surrounding areas, not only ancient documents and antique art goods passed down to the House. Public Interest Foundation Corporation, Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House also conducts research on these properties and thereby contributes to the development of academic culture. (Public Interest Foundation Corporation, Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House Article 1 article)
The Imai City, the largest traditional important building conservation districts in Japan located in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture is not displaying things like in museums and arts galleries. The value of the Imai City is that the city keeps valuables and precious things still being utilized in daily life even in this modern days.
In the Sengoku period, the Imai City fought against Oda Nobunaga, the superpower at that time on the side of the Ishiyama Honjyo Temple, making the castle mouth into a fortress. However, it was obliged to surrender since the Buddhist of the Ikko sect priest Kennyo offered a settlement, and then the City was allowed its autonomy on condition that it fills the triple moats by intercession of Tsuda Soukyu, master of tea ceremony. The Imanishi Family then took charge of the judiciary and administration of the city.
After that, the Imai City prospered deeply interacting with the Sakai City, which also prospered as a self-governing city, traded with Luzon and Hoi An, and thereby enjoyed its golden days.
Especially, tea ceremonies and tea houses prospered there related to Tenka Sanso-sho(The three major tea masters), Mr. Imai Shokyu from the Imai family, Tsuda Soukyu, and Sen no Rikyu. The city was regarded as "the Sakai City as a top of sea / the Imai City as a top of land".
The free atmosphere persisted in the feudal era may be the reason why Oda Nobunaga and Tenka Sanso-sho treated the Imai City so special.
While traditional townscapes are disappearing nationwide, we would like to deliver relaxation and feeling of "Furusato", our hometown, where the time seems to stop clocking, by inviting nursing streets, youth streets, crafts alleys, for example, in the Imai districts of 600 m × 320 m, and thereby enabling people to live on.
As a city that foresees future design source we would like to continue our preservation activities in;
“The Imai City with the Nobunaga's heart as a shield of the abandonment of his predecessor"
"With the breeze of living even now with the old townscape of the Imai town"
"Holding a new dream to convey the mind of our ancestries from the Imai"
In the future, we plan to hold hands-on events while taking over history and tradition at important cultural property, the Imanishi House.
We intend to publicize the living traditional culture which is the basis of Japanese mind from the "Imai City", the Japan's largest important traditional building district.
We need your support and contribution in order to continue and expand our activities.
The contribution is appreciated, by unit of 5,000 yen from everybody including corporation, groups and individuals. Multiple unites of contribution are welcome.
To Make a Donation
If you would like to make a donation to our foundation in Japan, you can do so in the following ways:
a) Postal Transfer
No transfer fee is required using the payment handling form, Yucho Bank
l Payee Name: Public Interest Foundation Corporation Zen city prefecture Imanishi preservation association
l Name of Banck: Japan Post Bank
l Branch Name: Head Office
l Beneficiary Bank Address : 3-2, Kasumigaseki 1-chome, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 100-8798, Japan
l SWIFT code: JPPSJPJ1
l Account Number: 174414
b) Bank Transfer
l Payee Name: Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House
l Name of Bank: THE BANK OF TOKYO-MITSUBISHI UFJ, LTD.
l Branch Name of Bank: Kashihara Branch
l SWIFT code: BOTKJPJT134
l Account Number: 0182670
Tax Relief on Donation
Donations to the foundation can receive tax relief;
The contribution can be expensed as deductible outside of the deductible limits for general donation.
The contribution is subject to tax relief. (For the details on the tax relief system, please refer to the website of the National Tax Agency)
Become a Partner
The mission of the Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House is to save the Imai Town districts and to financially support activities and to support youth activities in the Imai Town, by assisting opening to the public of the Imanishi House and its old documents and antique arts, together with research, releasing various publications, and preservation and maintenance efforts.
In order to pursue the above objectives and to contribute to the promotion and development of its traditional culture, we decided to set up an Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House, to acquire understanding of the general public and promote our activities. We appreciate your cooperation and support.
In addition, funds cooperated are used for repairing old documents, repairing buildings, etc.
About members of Association for Preservation of the Imanishi House
l Members are required to understand and cooperate the Foundation's mission and its aim
l There are regular members, special members, and supporting members.
Please pay the minimum of the following contribution. Multiple contribution is welcome.
• Regular member: 10,000 yen/year
• Special member: 50,000 yen/year
• Supporting member: 1,000 yen/year
l Annual admission fee will be free for members.
l Members will be invited to events organized by the foundation etc at a discounted rate.
[Inquiries/Application for registration]
Public Interest Foundation Corporation, Association for Preservation of the
Imanishi House公益財団法人 十市県主今西家保存会
3-9-25 Imai-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara prefecture ♯634-0812
TEL: 0744-25-3388 / FAX: 0744-25-8182
The Imai Family