I love taking pictures, while exploring the neighborhoods of Japan. Recently I went to Nara; which is one of my favorite places to visit. This time though instead of going to Nara Park, I decided to explore the area around it. There were many beautiful and interesting homes, businesses and other places to see.
As I wandered through the streets of this old capital, I was amazed as usual by what I saw. There were older and newer houses sitting close together in harmony. That’s one of the reasons why I love walking through the neighborhoods here. I found this place while I was there. It’s called Nara-machi Koshi-no-ie.
It’s an old townhouse that was a workplace and a residence for local merchants and tradesmen. The house is long and rectangular with a narrow front and a deep interior. It has an inner garden where you can sit on the edge and enjoy the sunlight. Another nice feature is that there are drawers built into the staircase leading up to the second level. They did this so that they could save on space. You can see the old-styled kitchen with the wood burning stove and much more.
This house is of course just a re-creation of the Machiya, but you can sit and relax and imagine the lifestyle of Nara’s early residents. I’m looking forward to continuing my exploration of the different areas of Japan and Japanese cities. It’s a great country and I’m so happy to be living here.