Kawara | Japanese tiles are cool! Protecting the home with its ominous presence.

Japanese tiles have been loved a long time.
Other countries have a long history of tile making also, but in earthquake and typhoon-prone Japan, it was necessary to make tiles superior in durability. These traditional houses adorned with Japanese tiles are a huge hit with tourists!

Japanese tiles have a long history.
Tiles were imported from China with the introduction of Buddhism 1,420 years ago. Tiles were said to be used for the first time in the Asuka Temple in Nara.
Until the middle of Edo era, tiles were used exclusively in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, but due to its flame retardant qualities, became commonly used to cover private homes late in the Edo era, leading the way for low-priced tiles like the ones we use now.

Western-style architecture entered Japan during the Meiji era. By using Japanese tiles on Western-style buildings, tile culture spread to the entire country.

Japanese tiles are built heavier and sturdier than tiles in other countries.
The tiles prevent fire, resist heat and rain. Tiles are built heavier as Japan is prone to typhoon and earthquakes.
These days, houses using mass-produced, cheap tiles have increased, but traditional Japanese-style houses and Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines still use traditional tiles.
The tiles instantly increase the regal appearance of homes. Merchants of the Edo era used to show off their wealth and power by using these excellent tiles for their homes!
In addition, the Japanese tile is superior in durability, and tiles made 1,200 years ago is still used in the Todaiji Hokkedo even now.


Many beautiful scenes in Japan feature houses with a tiled roof.
The Japanese tile has been loved a long time by a Japanese and continues to be used. It is an indispensable item for a Japanese home.

Photo by 株式会社長谷川、西堀瓦店、水戸市、リコハウス

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