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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.[1]

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

Types[change | change source]

Repairing a Minka roof

There are several types or styles of minka, including

  • Semi-buried huts (tate-ana jūkyo)[1]
  • Wooden houses with roofs of thatching (kayabunki), wood shingles (ishitori) or tiles (kawarabuki)[1]
  • Shops and warehouses (dozō, kura)[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Minka" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 637.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System (JAANUS), minka 民家