“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.
I was puff puffing on my bicycle at the end of a 5-hour ride Miho Peninsula in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City and that probably helped noticing this beautifully preserved kura on my right as I was cycling back through Oya, Suruga ku, shizuoka City!
A “vertical picture” first!
a “horizontal picture” next!
It is owned by a herb medicine/kanpouyaku/漢方薬 Shop called Jinsido/仁生堂!
I’m pretty certain it an ancient company and it certainly needed such a kura to preserve medicines and documents!
They must still be using it!
Look at that beautiful door!
The front window and blinds!
And walls and roof!
As for the shop itself, it is not a kura, but it has obviousl been restored in harmony with the kura!
Unfortunately I didn’t have the courage to visit, but it must be worth it!
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2 thoughts on “Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 18: Jinseido in Shizuoka City!”
You must have been so tired by the time you stumbled across this rare find. I hope in the future you can enter it and tell us what is inside, and interview the owners. It is remarkably pristine, and kept in beauteous condition.
I was a bit tire but I managed to stop the bicycle, get off it, cross the street an take pics! LOL It was so beautiful!