At Kyomo a modern interpretation on machiya’s can be seen. These houses combine old traditional styles with new elements.
So you’ll find a guest tatami room with low seating, elevated floors and sliding doors but with a modern take on how a house could be. These buildings are earthquake proof. Kyoto, as almost every place in Japan has earthquakes. Last week we’ve experienced one, which was 3 on the Richter scale, which feels like a big truck driving by. The Yurekuru app located it north of Kyoto. Apparantly the traditional kyo-machiya’s are actually more earthquake proof than one might think. Earthquake tests show considerable damage, but the wooden structure survives.