January 14, 2022

Kadomi Family Residence/Watchtower Window

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Lab. (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

This shipping agency in Monzen-machi Kuroshima-machi, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, got burned down in a large fire in 1871 and was rebuilt the following year. The Sea of Japan is visible from the watchtower in one corner of the main building. From there, one could check the unloading status of the Kitamae-bune (cargo vessels that sailed the Sea of Japan during the Edo period) on the coast. The interior is four and a half tatami mats (about 80 square feet) in size. The opening section is a bay window with a depth of 450mm between the screen door and the shoji window.

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Kadomi Family Residence
(Shipping agency/Monzen-machi Kuroshima-machi, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

This article is an excerpt from “Window Workology,” a joint research project concerning windows and the behaviors around them done in collaboration with Tokyo Institute of Technologyʼs Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Laboratory.