Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 11: Jirosho area, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City

“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.

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An imposing kura!

This time I decided to visit Jirosho area in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, as it used to be a harbor at the mouth of Tomoe River. The sea access has since been built on and now the whole area is away from the sea along an extended Tomoe River mouth.

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This particular kura is in very good repair in spite of its old rain water pipes!

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Imposing windows!

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Only the wooden lintels give an idea of its old age!

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This particular one was completely isolated between other buildings and completely inaccessible!

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Some of these kuras look almost brand new like the one above!

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Since its facade has obviously just been repainted it is regularly used!

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Even the roof is in great repair!

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The roof peak has just been replaced!

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An enormous and really ancient one wholly covered with ivy!

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Although very old, it is still in good repair. The green pipes are so beautiful! Real antiques!

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Unfortunately it was completely locked out!
I couldn’t find any indications of ownership…

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Another one in good repair with a newly tiled roof!

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Note the iron holds securing the roof onto the wall!

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It is obviously used as part of a big property!

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Must be used as a real warehouse, but for what?

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I reported on this one before.
There is actually a kura fan club in Shimizu Ku who made up a map of all kuras with photos but the owners of that particular kura obtained its retrieval for privacy reasons!

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The owners apparently do not want people to know about something…

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Another kura disappearing between new buildings!

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A real pity!

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I discovered this inhabited one by chance along a narrow side street!

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Someone is using an air conditioner inside!

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But I couldn’t get access to the rest of it!

I discovered two more very interesting kuras but that is for two separate articles!

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