Plaster-Walled Storehouse of the Kaneko Family’s Former Residence

Akita City Designated Tangible Cultural Property
The storehouse (kura), built in the late Edo era, is covered by the same roof as the main building. This architectural style is called the inner-kura style. The mud walls are finished with black plaster, with the family crest engraved at the center. Extra wall mud and buckets of water were made readily available on the mezzanine facing the storehouse. In case of fire, wall mud would fill up the windows of the storehouse and protect it against the flame. The Kaneko residence also had storehouses for the preservation of rice, pickles, and instruments. However, currently, this is the only extant storehouse. After surviving the horrendous Fire of Tawaraya in 1886, the storehouse became the Kaneko family’s protective charm and a symbol of their family’s history of thriving business.