Kyo no Machiya

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About Japan

Moore, Willamarie. All About Japan. Singapore: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc., 2011.  A comprehensive book that introduces you to Japan and its culture. Two kids who live in different parts of the country take you through their everyday lives and give you a glimpse of what it is like to be in their shoes. Includes traditional stories, games, recipes and activities. Recommended for PreK-4.

Where Are You Going? (Bilingual Story for Children)

Carle, Eric, and Kazuo Iwamura. Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! New York: Orchard Books, 2001. Tales from two artists, one American and one Japanese, one told from left to right from the front of the book in English, and one told from right to left from the back of the book in Japanese, that merge and celebrate in the middle. Includes essays by both artists about their collaboration. Recommended for PreK-3.

World Monuments Fund Watch Site: Machiya Townhouses

“Current Watch Site: Machiya Townhouses.” World Monuments FundInformation about the efforts to protect and preserve machiya in Kyoto.

Machiya Design

Tingley, William R. “Principal Elements of Machiya Design.” In Process Architecture #25, Japan: Climate, Space and Concept, 1981, pp. 83-102. A very thorough description of machiya design throughout Japan, including Kyoto.

Machiya in Kyoto

Takahiko, Otani. “Kyoto’s Disappearing Architectural Heritage.” In Japan Echo, October 2005, pp. 51-53.  Describes the history and design of Kyoto’s machiya, and why they need to be preserved.

Japanese Building Process

Takagi, T. The Building in Japan. Kobe, Japan: T. Takagi, 1900.  Hand-colored collotypes illustrate how a house is built in Japan, with captions in English. Available on Open Library at:

Everyday Things in Premodern Japan

Hanley, Susan B. Everyday Things in Premodern Japan. London: University of California Press, 1997. Describes daily life in the three centuries leading up to the modern era in Japan, often comparing how things were done in Japan to Western societies as well as the rest of Asia.

The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Hareven, Tamara K. The Silk Weavers of Kyoto. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. Examines the lives of the craftspeople of the Nishijin district of Kyoto, especially the relationship of work, family, and home.

Wooden Row Houses of Kyoto

Durston, Diane. “Machinama: the Wooden Row Houses of Kyoto” in Kyoto: Seven Paths to the Heart of the City, 2002. Print. Describes the history and architecture of machiya in Kyoto.

About Kyoto Town Houses

Suzuki, Kakich. “About Kyoto town houses” 1979. A memo written by the director of the Architecture Division of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Kyoto to the curator at Boston Children's Museum describing the history of machiya in Kyoto.


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