Last additions - Chirimen Kaido Road ちりめん街道
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Manhole for Kaya-cho, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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Manhole for Kaya-cho, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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This home housed a chirimen factory and these windows let in light and air, but kept out prying eyes from passersby in the old days (when people were shorter I guess). Chirimen makers had secrets to keep.Nov 27, 2018
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Many of the Chirimen Kaido homes have explanatory signs, but you cannot enter them since they are private homes.Nov 27, 2018
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Temples were established here to defend against castle attackers.Nov 27, 2018
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The windw lattice design indicated the family's occupation.Nov 27, 2018
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After the Bito Home, we continued our walking tour of Chirimen Kaido Road. Our guide, Aoki Jun'ichi, from Yosano Tourist Association, showed this exterior lattice design featuring the kanji character for "Tan" (from "Tango" 丹後) which is similar (by no coincidence in this case) to the kanji character for "yen" (円).Nov 27, 2018
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KitchenNov 27, 2018
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The first floor was Japanese style, while the second floor was Western-style (Spanish).Nov 27, 2018
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The first floor was Japanese style, while the second floor was Western-style (Spanish).Former Bito family home, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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The house was originally a farmhouse built and expanded during 1863 to 1930. Toward the left on the second floor is the Western-style (Spanish) part of the house built in 1928. Nov 27, 2018
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Michael JacksonNov 27, 2018
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Old porcelain toilets.Nov 27, 2018
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Exhibits in the kura storehouse.Nov 27, 2018
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Exhibits in the kura storehouse.Nov 27, 2018
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PalanquinNov 27, 2018
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Inner courtyardNov 27, 2018
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BathroomNov 27, 2018
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Bathroom sinkNov 27, 2018
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To Bathroom.Nov 27, 2018
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Ceiling wood is very rare, made of yaku-sugi cedar wood (屋久杉). Yaku-sugi is hundreds of years old, native to Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture, and now illegal to cut down.Nov 27, 2018
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The Japanese-style first floor used very expensive materials. These thin wood pillars are shochikubai (matsu pine, bamboo, and ume plum tree).Former Bito family home, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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Western-style (Spanish) 2nd floor living room.Nov 27, 2018
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Western-style (Spanish) 2nd floor bedroom.Nov 27, 2018
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Kura storehouse and vault.Nov 27, 2018
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Before air conditioners, they had these sliding slats for ventilation in summer.Nov 27, 2018
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Houehold shrine inside Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家).Nov 27, 2018
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Inside the Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家).Nov 27, 2018
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About the Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家).Nov 27, 2018
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One home on the Chirimen Kaido Road the public can enter is the Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家). The Bito family was a raw silk and chirimen wholesaler since the Edo Period. Very prominent and rich local family who also became active in local government and business during the Meiji Period.
http://www.yosano.or.jp/chirimen-kaido/?page_id=162
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Sake cellar.Nov 27, 2018
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Chirimen Kaido Road has a walking route to see the traditional buildings still remaining. That's a sake cellar on the left.Nov 27, 2018
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Kimono displayed in Izutsuya ryokan.Nov 27, 2018
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There used to be four ryokan here, but this Izutsuya ryokan 井筒屋 is the only ryokan remaining in Chirimen Kaido.Nov 27, 2018
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One house had a small chirimen factory we could view through a window.Nov 27, 2018
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One house had a small chirimen factory we could view through a window.Nov 27, 2018
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Entrance to former Kaya Town Hall (旧加悦町役場庁舎) that was built in the 1930s. Currently closed.Nov 27, 2018
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Former Kaya Town Hall (旧加悦町役場庁舎) that was built in the 1930s. Nov 27, 2018
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Chirimen Kaido Road is a Tango chirimen manufacturing area in Kaya. Originally a castle town with Yasurajo Castle.Since it was a castle town (during the Sengoku Warring States Period), a few streets have sharp, narrow turns or corners to defend against any invading enemies. Some of the traditional homes were built in the 19th century or 1920s-30s. Part of the district escaped damage from the 1927 Tango earthquake.Nov 27, 2018
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