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Minka house with thatched roof

Minka ((民家) is general Japanese term for all rural and traditional buildings except for palaces, temples and structures which have been influenced by Western architecture.

Minka are traditional houses and private residences of farmers, artisans, and merchants

Types

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Repairing a Minka roof

There are several types or styles of minka, including

  • Semi-buried huts (tate-ana jūkyo)
  • Wooden houses with roofs of thatching (kayabunki), wood shingles (ishitori) or tiles (kawarabuki)
  • Shops and warehouses (dozō, kura)

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