Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Kanazawa City!

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Real gold-gilded kura!

“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.

Kanazawa, a City replete with history and things of the past offered me quite sights when I stayed there beginning of this week!

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This old kura whose wall are entirely gilded with real gold leaves could be seen only from the inside garden of a famous shop specializing in gold leaf accessories!

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Not an easy picture to take at any time of the day or night!

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The walls inside were also completely gilded in pure gold!
Of visitors are expressly requested not to touch the walls!

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I couldn’t guess at first the purpose of this splendid kura restored to its full splendor!

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Such a widow awning made of fired tiles is rarely seen!

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From the opposite side.
Notice the “namako” pattern on the lower part of the wall!

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The roof peak decoration gave me an inkling of what its real use was!

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Looking at the side entrance I hadn’t noticed because of the fence wall I discovered its religious vocation!

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A beautiful “mon” in the middle of another extravagant fired tile awning!

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It was sheltering a praying wheel!

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I belatedly discovered this kura inside “The Site of Samurai House” (aricle coming soon!)!

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Beautifully restored, which was normal as it is part of a whole museum complex!

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Th windows have actually been boarded up from the inside!

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Very solid-looking architecture!

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No, this is not a ghost light, but the reflection of lantern!

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The reflection from another angle!

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I suspect this kura has been turned into a direct access annex of the neighboring ancient house!

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A sneak view of the side wall!

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The door has been replaced with the wall but it was apparently boarded up from the inside!

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But the lower wall base gives a clear indication its true origin!

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