Dozō Kura

Dotted around rural Japan are black and white storehouses known as dozō kura. Although similar to each other, they stand out uniquely from the houses around them. Their main distinguishing feature is the striking, black and white chequered pattern that adorns the bottom halves of most. These storehouses were built to last and many have survived fire and earthquakes. They arose in the Edo period when one dynasty ruled Japan for an incredible 265 years, between 1603 and 1868. For a full description, click this link
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