Wednesday, November 28, 2018


The traditional Japanese wood house with its paper doors and cedar roof offered little protection from fire. Possessions were stored in a fireproof mud structure to the rear of the main building. Known as a kura, the store had walls three feet thick and was entered through a stoutly-constructed timber door. 

The design makes sense of the country's elegant tradition of packaging, where each artifact has its own cubical storage box, placed chock-a-block in the kura to conserve space. Presumably the textile wrapping of the box offers subtle air circulation to protect from mold. The kura concept makes great sense these days. Any arrangement that simplifies security simplifies daily life -30-

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