The Significance of the Nearby Trees

Sankyo Warehouse

A rice storage warehouse built in the end of the 19th century along a sandbank. Each building measures approximately 400 square-meters, and currently a total of 12 buildings remain. What are essential are the double-tiered roofs and the row of trees that line the west side of the site. Leaving some space between the walls and the roof makes it difficult for heat to reach the inside of the warehouse. Furthermore, the rows of trees that by now stand tall, block the sunlight coming in from the west, create shade, and protect the building from seasonal winds. Due to its functionality, the warehouse still continues to be used today, even though the rice itself is no longer transported by riverboat. The building was also used as a setting for the filming of the popular television program, “Oshin.”

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  • Sankyo Warehouse

    Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture

    Kakenichi Takahashi

    1893

  • Sankyo Warehouse

    Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture

    Kakenichi Takahashi

    1893