Notes on the Geography of Japan: Nara: Naramachi
Naramachi is the Nara district that has tried to retain at least a vestige of its traditional character.
Initial impressions are not encouraging.
Here, however, a new house has been built in the traditional style of the urban townhouse, or machiya. It's open as a free museum.
The floorplan is long and narrow, fitting the historically characteristic long, narrow lot.
Room is made for an inner garden or naka-niwa.
The garden is more likely to be enjoyed from inside than out.
A box staircase, or hako-kaidan, doubling as a cabinet.
The posts are trunks.
The single-roomed upstairs.
The rooftop view.
Back on a more traditional-looking street.
Plenty of wood fronts.
Wood slats, or koshi, deflect prying eyes while allowing residents to see the street.
The same building.
Why were lots so narrow? One explanation is that taxes were proportional to facade length.
The local craft museum.
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