Kyo-Machiya Design: Exterior
The sophisticated appearance of a Kyo-Machiya house, composed of "senbon" (a thousand) lattices, tiled roofs, street eaves, and "mushiko" (insect cage) windows, is based on the rational standardized system of dimensions and materials.
The edge of the gable end of the roof is called "keraba". As the Kyo-Machiya is bordered by neighboring houses, the "keraba" is overlapped to prevent rainwater from entering either building.
"Odo” Sliding Door
The "odo" was used for loading and unloading large items, and the "kugurido" side door on the "odo" was used for daily access.
”Mushiko" (insect cage) window
Until the Meiji period (1868-1912), Kyoto-Machiya houses were built with low floor heights and the lattices on the second floor windows were painted with earth to prevent the spread of fire from across the street. They were called "mushiko" windows because of their appearance.
A small statue of Shoki-san on the eaves of the street.
He is a god protecting people from evil, based on the legend that he drove away the plague in the Tang Dynasty in China.
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