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Kawagoe's Ichiban Gai Street is lined with intriguing buildings of Kurazukuri architecture. The buildings were also resistant against fire because the shogunate promoted roof tiles for the buildings. In the Edo Period, towns with storehouses made of clay were popular..In Kawagoe as well, Kurazukuri merchant houses were built because of the strong business ties with the old city of Edo now known as Tokyo.
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Kawagoe's Ichiban Gai Street is lined with intriguing buildings of Kurazukuri architecture. The buildings were also resistant against fire because the shogunate promoted roof tiles for the buildings. In the Edo Period, towns with storehouses made of clay were popular..In Kawagoe as well, Kurazukuri merchant houses were built because of the strong business ties with the old city of Edo now known as Tokyo.