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Storehouse (倉), 2

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 13 August 2008 in Architecture.

Many of you have asked about these old storehouses. They are common in my part of northern Kyoto, as well as in some of the downtown areas where older houses remain. They are large, two-storey buildings made of thick mud walls (today's image has modern tin siding added) that are designed to be fireproof. Families and shops used to store all their most valuable items (scroll paintings, kimono, etc) in them. They are often -- like in today's shot -- within the walled grounds of a compound composed of several buildings including the main house. The small hole at the top is for ventiliation, and they often have a Chinese character 水 (water) inscribed near the top window to ward off fire.

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 200 40 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
1/160 second
F/6.3
ISO 200
40 mm (35mm equiv.)

kyoto
iwakura
kura
京都
storehouse

岩倉