The Kakunodate town was built by the Ashina clan in 1620, and still exists today. They were influenced by the Kyoto culture, as a birth father of the original North Satake clan governing Kakunodate.The Ashina clan was from a noble court in Kyoto.
After the Meiji Period, the center regions were replaced by the Omagari. This was done so as to prevent the samurai residence from being influenced by the modernization in the Meiji period. The area then got included to the groups of tradtional buildings.
Touching a spirit of Samurai at the actual Samurai resident
Samurai residences are equipped with black wooden wall and white wall daubed with parget and black parget which has a contrast between black and white color.
The samurai residences are constructed with elaborate calculation which omits the use of superfluous colors. Pure white color like frozen ice on the shoji screen and the walls are purely impressive.
A samurai's soul is known to be "Vigorous and Plucky". Kakunodate is known as "Small Kyoto in Michinoku" and the biggest differences between kakunodate and kyoto(where Mikado and nobles stayed) is that Kakunodate is the ancient capital of the Samurai. you can see that these samurai's soul are not influenced by any luxury living, but their lives are mainly based by living on with strong discipline.