A lot of the facades of the houses are decorated by ornaments in stucco plaster that were added over the years above doors, windows and beneath ceramic tiles. This particular art form, kote-e, is over 200 years old and was particularly fashionable during the Edo period. The red, yellow, blue and black panels played a protective role, for example, a wave refers to water that protects against fire. A tiny museum displays the utensils, stencils and motifs still in use today.
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