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Machiyas are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan, symbolic to the historical capital of Kyoto.
This tour will cover:
A Nishijin textile warehouse in its original condition:
The Machiya originally operated as a money exchange house in Fushimi. But after the introduction of the wholesale system in Nishijin, it was reconstructed into a textile warehouse in the 18th year of the Meiji era, The Machiya is registered as a national cultural treasure, and is a classic example of a Meiji period large-scale storehouse. We are the 13th generation to own and operate the machiya.
The exquisite details of an authentic Nishijin Machiya:
The “Omoteya Tsukuri” style of architecture was developed in Kyoto, comprising a shop front and living quarters in the rear. The storefront faces the street, with the interior stretching far into the back. There are three secret storehouses and six small gardens which emulate the atmosphere of the four seasons, as well as a tea ceremony room and an annex where noh performances (a type of classical Japanese musical drama) were once held. Through these subtle details, we can observe authentically preserved Nishijin lifestyle.
The original owner took great care in selecting the type of wood used to build the Machiya, and traveled to the mountains to hand-select the trees used to build the ten meter red pine corridor.
The Living Machiya, merging Nishijin's history and lifestyle with modern times.
Since the capitol city of “Heian Kyo” was founded in 1794, the people of Kyoto have lived by honoring the shinto gods. Even in modern times, the day begins by offering freshly cooked rice and spring water to each of the gods. “With god in our hearts, we show respect for all things.” This is the basic idea at the heart of preserving tradition in Kyoto.
The owner has preserved this generations-old house as a way of sharing culture and hisory with the public. We hope that you will not only enjoy viewing the machiya, but also gain a deeper understanding of the “Real Kyoto” by learning about the traditional way of life.
Lifestyle and culture are synonymous in Kyoto and we hope that through these various experiences you will be able to touch the spirit of the “Living Machiya”.
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