Japanese Folk Houses

Kominka refers to houses built before the Second World War and in particular to those built before the Taisho Period. They are characterized by their broad beams and elegant posts, thatched roofs, and a rustic yet elegant aesthetic. These homes were made with high-quality local wood, including zelkova, sakura, chestnut, and cypress. The naturally dried old beams and posts in these old houses are stronger and last longer than wood used in modern structures. Japanese timber framing is used for wooden construction in temples, shrines, and folk houses as it has many advantages, including strength, durability, and maintainability - as well as its elegant appearance.