“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional 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.
Yesterday, because of the typhoon I decided to walk all the way to a destination I usually reach by biycle and had the opportunity to discover an old, if a bit samall, kura in Chiyo 4 Chome, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
It must have been used for ages considering the shed abutting it!
The end window was in good repair, though.
The “namako” design at the bottom of the wall was flaking away on the other hand!
The roof tiling and the upper wall metal work was also in good enough condition.
The window from another angle.
Pity the derelict shed was blocking the total view!
The roof pinion was also in good repair, so the kura must be used as a shed/shck for farm tools!
The farmhouse looks as old as the kura but might be replaced in the near future!
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