Akasuka House

Akasuka House

In Nara prefecture there are many old residual houses which date back to the 17th century. The Akasuka residence in the city of Gose, is a townhouse which operated as an oil shop. The construction age is considered to be the end of the 17th century. It is a typical large-scale private house in Nara prefecture.

There are 4 rooms alongside a dirt floor used as a common entrance and kitchen area. On the West corner, a new entrance was established for important customers to the residence and shop. There are two courtyards to the residence with an enclosed corridor reaching the northern toilet and store house separated the two outdoor areas. The construction is a typical gabled roof, post and beam construction.
The interior sliding doors (fusama) are frames covered with heavy paper and sometimes can be detailed in paint or intricate wooden latticed patterns. The Fusuma does not touch the ceiling, therefore above the doors, there can be decorative grills placed for ventilation called ramma. This house in particular has intricate wooden carved grills above the tatami floor rooms, suggestion the residents were quite wealthy.



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