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Lit. Edo black. A black plaster finish applied to the walls of fireproof mud-plastered storehouses *dozou “y‘ , and shops *misegura “X‘ , from the late Edo period onward. The black color was created by adding india ink, bokujuu –n`, to burnt lime, sekkai ΞŠD, and crushed oyster shell, kakigarabai ‰²ŠaŠkŠD, which was mixed together to produce the white finish commonly seen on the walls of *dozou-zukuri “y‘ ‘’ structures. The black plaster was applied in several coats, each of which was carefully sanded down to an almost glossy black finish. Edoguro seems to have become popular in the city of Edo during the last years of the Edo period, and to have spread to the provincial towns of the Kantou ŠΦ“Œ region.
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Hara Œ΄ house (Saitama)
Hara Œ΄ house (Saitama)

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