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Kakimori Bunko
One of Japan's three biggest collections of haikai (vulgar/humorous poetry). In Edo-period Itami, which prospered as a sake-producing region, haikai also flourished, with writers and artists often passing through town. As a result, the accumulated cultural heritage was systematically organized by Rihei Okada (pen-name Kakimori) into what became the Kakimori Bunko (Kakimori Collection). The collection is comprised of approximately 3,500 books (mostly poetry), approximately 7,500 handwritten items (primarily scrolls and wood strips), 17th century haikai and other works by Matsuo Basho, works by Itami poet Uejima Onitsura, and valuable handwritten historical documents from 19th century poet Masaoka Shiki.
The name "Kakimori" is written with the characters meaning "persimmon" and "protect," and Okada chose the name because Rai Sanyo and other poets visited Itami in the Edo period, lured by delicious sake, and were fond of a local persimmon tree. That tree no longer exists, but a branch was grafted to create a second-generation tree, which still produces ample fruit each fall.

Address 2-5-20 Miyanomae, Itami 664-0895
Contact Kakimori Bunko 072-782-0244
hours open 10:00-18:00 (last entry at 17:30)
Parking Lot
Yes, Miyanomae Underground Parking (paid)
Regular holiday
Every Monday (or the next business day if Monday is a holiday), Dec. 29 - Jan. 3, and other periods to allow for changing exhibits
traffic 9 min. on foot east of Itami Station on the Hankyu Itami Line
7 min. on foot west of Itami Station on the JR Takarazuka Line
Web site http://www.kakimori.jp/

Barrier-free toilet (1 wheelchair-accessible stall with baby bed and handrails)
Services for those in wheelchairs (wheelchair rental service, elevators)