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瓦 Kawara Kawara Roofing Tile

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Kawara, are roofing tiles made of fired clay.
History indicates that Kawara first appeared in China around 2,800 years ago. They were introduced to Japan in the middle of the 6th Century, at the same time Buddhism was introduced from Kudara, now Korea. Kawara were reportedly first used for the Asuka Temple in Japan.
At that time, temples were the only buildings allowed to use Kawara roofing tiles.  In the Nara period, however. Kawara began to be used for various other types of buildings.
In the Edo period, new styles of Kawara were invented and the tiles came into popular use.  Their widespread use was encouraged because they are fire proof.
Kawara are roughly classified into two categories in Japan: Nyouyaku Gawara or Glazed tiles and Ibushi Kawara or tiles which have oxidized and formed a silver- colored carbon film.  As for shapes, there are now more than 1,000 varieties of Kawara.
Currently Sanshuu Kawara in Aichi, Awaji Kawara in Hyogo and Sekishu Kawara in Shimane are the three biggest production districts of  high quality Kawara.  They represent the finest in Japanese roofing tile making.
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静岡 中村家住宅 Shizuoka Nakamura-ke-jyuutaku The Nakamura Family’s Residence in Shizuoka

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The residence of the Nakamura family located in Yuto-cho Ubumi, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref. is a historic Japanese house, which is nationally designated as an Important Cultural Property. In 1483, the head of the Nakamura clan, Nakamura Masazane, became a retainer of the Imagawa clan and moved to the village of Ubumi. In the 16th century, when the province was ruled by the Imagawa clan, the Nakamura clan served as the local governor and controlled military ships on Lake Hamana. Later, the Nakamura clan served for the Tokugawa clan and was appointed as the Imagiri military ship and food supply administrator (Imagiri Gunsen Hyoro Bugyo).
The residence is presumed to have been built around 1688. It is a one-storied house in Yosemune-zukuri style with a large thatched roof. Surrounded with trees growing in a huge premise of 3,000 square meters, this historic house is well preserved as the treasure of the town. From 2001 to 2003, the house was demolished and restored to the present form.
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