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Machiya dwellings in Kyoto get a new lease of life

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


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...

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