Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A Stone Bridge And A Stone Storehouse

More of Shikoku Mura exhibits. This time its the stone bridge and a stone storehouse.

The arched bridge was built in 1901 by Yonekichi and Yojiro and has a carp and a Chinese lion dog (karashishi) carved on the keystone. This is the only bridge in Japan to bear such design.
 
Traditional Japanese storehouses have mud clay walls finished with plaster. However, during the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912), brick contstruction for commercial buildings was promoted by the Government in Tokyo.This particular storehouse copies brick construction, substituting stone of a variety used for over 1,000 years in mausoleums. The floor inside was laid with brick.

Altogether, the storehouse is a rather interesting hybrid of East & West typical of Meiji period.

Judging from the storehouse, one can sense that a storehouse is waaaaay more important (seeing that it's clay/brick made) than a personal dwelling. After all, one's source of income are stored there. Got to protect those from the elements and from predators too (human and beast alike). No?

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  1. I guess if anything ever happens to their living quarters, they can come live in their storehouse. The bridge looks fun to go over and under.

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  2. I love a good stone building. We have quite a few sand stone buildings here on the Mornington Peninsula and they are beautiful. Hard choice between stone and timber as love both :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. Me too!

      Both timber and stone buildings have their own charm. :)

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  3. There's a Japanese saying "ishibashi wo tataite wataru" (石橋を叩いて渡る), which means always tap the stone bridge before you cross it, i.e. safety on top of safety, i.e. be extra cautious. ^^

    I misread "got to protect those from the elements". I read "protect from the elephants". "Elephants," I thought, "in Japan?! Linaaaaa!" Then I realized it was elements. Ahaks!

    PS: Fisherman's house fisherman's house fisherman's house fisherm ... Sigh.

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    1. Nowadays, I tap gingerly the cement drain covers with my foot if I need to walk on them. heh heh

      Elephants? Woman, are you missing your hometown badly? Go home!

      p.s. patiencepatiencepatiencepatiencepatiencepatiencepatiencepatiencepatience sigh... kekkeke

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    2. I wasn't missing my hometown. I think I just misplaced my brain. Frequent occurrence.

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    3. So fisherman's house tomorrow? :D

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    4. I misplaced my brain pretty much all the time. ^^!

      I'm trying to ignore that second comment. ;p

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  4. It's important to protect our houses even now.
    The stone is a good material and has a good detail.

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    1. and makes for an interesting building. :)

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  5. Interesting looking stone bridge!

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  6. The entrance of the stonehouse looks so little. @0@

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    1. On purpose maybe? So that the precious commodities inside won't get transported out without knowledge/controlo? ;p

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