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NameYamatoya Store ( Grocery Store )
Address Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo,184-0005
Access From Musashi-Koganei Station on JR Chuo Line: 5-min bus ride
Construction year 1928
Description The Yamatoya Store was a three-story wooden structure located along the so-called “Meguro-dori Street” in Shirokanedai, Minato-ku. Found under the eaves of the third floor are brackets protruding over the beams. Thisreflects an architectural design referred to as the dashigeta zukuri (protruding beam style). The building, with its extraordinary height in comparison to the narrow frontage, sheet copper used for the balcony on the second floor and beneath the windows on the third floor, are the characteristics of kanban (sign-board) architecture. The building has been restored as it was at the time of its construction in 1928.The Yamatoya Store had handled dry provisions since its founding, and from the late 1930s, when it became difficult to keep sea products in stock, the store sold tea and dried seaweed (nori, or laver). Upon restoration, we have replicated the store area as it was before the Second World War, when it sold dried bonito and seaweed (konbu,or kelp), beans, dried cuttlefish, laver, and chicken eggs. The Yamatoya Store also sold tobacco, and in the front ofthe shop was a fixture for a tobacco shop. The tobacco shop fixture seen here is from the 1940s.

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