Nagaya: row houses

Nagaya is a type of traditional Japanese apartment complex. Nagaya is usually rental housing and is a long one-storied building divided into sections that house individual families. In the Edo Period (1603-1867), nagaya was the average house for townspeople and rōnin (masterless samurai), samurai worriors who lost their masters and therefore their roku (samurai). Inside, the nagaya was humbly build with a doma (dirt floor) entrance that served as a kichen as well as to take off one’s shoes, one tatami room, and another room with a wooden floor. Nagaya existed until the middle of the Showa Period (1926-1989), but we rarely see nagaya in Japan these days.




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