Beautiful Kura in Hongo Cho!
“Kura” (in japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditonal Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.
This posting features sights by My good friend, Mrs. Atsuko Kurata who found them in her native Shimizu Ku in Shizuoka City!
Incidentally Atsuko’s family name includes the word Kura/倉, the modern form of kura/蔵!
Another picture of the above kura in Hongo Cho which is big and seems inhabited or used!
Some kuras like the above may be seen only for far away them being completely isolated by surrounding buildings!
The roof tip of another one!
This particular one has definitely become an abode!
This one is located behind Seiyu Department Store!
A closer view of the same protected by a barbed-wired wall!
This one is old, tall and so solid!
It certainly deserves a few more photographs as seenn below:
The side wall actually shows traces of another building which has disappeared a long time ago!
The window shutter is kept open so it is definitely still used!
Caught in the sun it does not look as forbidding as the side wall!
Note the light which has been added!
It could be interesting to see what it looks like at night!
It is located in Yamazaki and apparently belongs to a building company!
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