Minka refers to traditional "houses for the people." In context to the four divisions within Japanese society, Minka were dwellings for farmers, artisans and merchants, and are characterized by their basic roof structure and roof shape. The houses are framed of pine logs tied together with rope, wattle and double walls and a lime-washed exterior.
This Minka House originally stood in Okazaki City in central Japan. It was donated to Kew by the Japan Minka Reuse and Recycle Association after the last member of the original owner's family died.
Unfortunately, Minka House was closed when we visited, so no interior photographs . . . sorry!
Reaching Sackler Crossing, we stopped briefly as the day was heating up. We stopped to admire a beautiful swan, who turned nasty on me when it became clear I had no treats to give. A swan nip is definitely not a friendly kiss!
Forced to move on by the swan, we continued navigating our way across the Kew to Queen Charlotte's Cottage, a rustic cottage built as a country retreat, not as a residence. The royal family used it in the late 18th century for resting and taking tea during walks in the garden. Many exotic animals were kept in the large paddock. Queen Caroline kept
Time running out — as we needed to get back to Mia Wood to pick up our earlier purchases — we made our way back to the entrance through the Redwood Grove, with a glimpse of the Pagoda down Cedar Vista, and skirted behind the Temperate House, which I would love to visit one day once it reopens. Stopping briefly in the gift shop, we made a few purchases.