Touring the Kura in Masuda Town

By ggt131 (from : ) on 12月. 13, 2016

By ggt131 (from : ) on 12月. 13, 2016

On the way home, we took a quick pit stop off at Masuda town to see their famous kura. The town used to house over 300 of these kura: storehouses for anything ranging from food, weapons, valuables. During that time there was a huge fire that destroyed most of the kura. After that, the people of Masuda upgraded the way they built them and started integrating them into their houses for living! Most of the town's kura are about 120 years old with original floors. The main street is lined with various styled kura with each family having a history of how they got there. The area was apparently known for being one of the trade stops for river trade back in the Edo era, when trade routes would come up from Osaka, round about Hokkaido, and them come back down through Tohoku.

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One of the larger ones we entered had been turned into a museum. A long time ago it had been a place to buy sake. Then, for 7-8 generations, it was a doctor's office. After the doctor moved to Ishinomaki city. he gave the house (and the kura) to the town of Masuda for safe keeping. The house has three stories, with the kura on the 1st. The third floor was actually built solely for the purpose of viewing the fireworks festival in the summer!

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