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Earth Floor of a Rich Farmer's House in 19th Century
Japan

This is the earthen floor of a rich farmer family's house which was built in early 1800s.

From the earth floor, you can see guest rooms to the west, and a small room for hired girls in the north east corner.

In the era of Edo, farmers couldn't have their own weapons, they were not allowed to have gorgeous rooms in their houses even if they had enough money.

However, the owner of this house was so rich that the domain government borrowed money from the farmer.
As a token of gratitude for the farmer's service, the domain allowed him to have a right to bear arms and a right to have deluxe rooms.
The gorgeous rooms was used to welcom the domain's lord to this house.

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Copyright: Kengo Shimizu
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Resolution: 14000x7000
Uploaded: 21/09/2013
Updated: 25/04/2014
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