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old-style town houses on the former trunk road of Edo period

old-style town houses on the former trunk road of Edo period

These merchant shops/houses (machiya) had prescribed heights of the eaves, according to the feudal era rules that governed buildings, clothing, hair-style, food products available to each classification of person. As the years went on and the old dirt road gathered dust and debris, or low spots were filled in, the overall distance between road surface and the building eaves got shorter and shorter. The width of the houses was measured in an arm's breadth (ma or kan), with the narrowest usually 2 units wide, but some of the ones in this photo are 5 units wide.
This late afternoon photo is facing north on the old hokkoku kaido (北国街道, literally, North Country Main Route); today's National Route 365 at the intersection with the road that crosses the Hino River to the right at the Hoyama Bridge.
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Photo taken on 12 November 2016 (© anthroview / Flickr)

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