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Machiya dwellings in Kyoto get a new lease of life

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The Cardonnels' machiya (town-house), which was restored with a bank loan.

Kyoto

FOR generations, artisans and merchants in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto lived in thousands of traditional machiya (traditional townhouse) that are steadily disappearing or falling into disrepair.

To help restore the wooden-and- tile-roof structures, banks in Kyoto have