“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.
Whereas the bigger kura are very often maintained by rich individuals or local government these days, some smaller ones are sometimes « reformed/adapted » with various success.
I found the\is one the other day in Mishima City ensconced between newly developed touristic spots!
The very old windows and doors were left as they were.
It looked like a real house from a distance!
The original owner(s) didn’t that rich, though!
It seems to being used as a storeroom or some kind of atelier!
With a little effort and more decoration it could be turned into romantic spot at night?
For all the corrugated iron it seems very solid as the alignment hooks seem in the right position!
At least it must be very dry inside as the roof is in good repair!
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