“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.
The other as I was preparing to back to Shimada City from Sumiyoshi in Yoshida Cho, I noticed this beautiful wooden kura on the right of the Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shinto Shrine!
the place was obviously in full use.
I decided to investigate!
Oomuraya Soy sauce Company!
I have interviewed soy sauce companies before but I couldn’t smell the typical flavors of soy sauce making in the air!
That is when I met an employee who gracefully explained that the Company uses these premises as their business base, office and storeroom!
The factory has been away!
The same employee offered me to interview the owner who happened to be on the premises but I had to take my bus!
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