roof signs of the merchant houses in 'machiya' style have a special character,
remarkably striking the eye.
|There is one more roof over the main roof. The
main roof tiles 'ichimonji-gawara' are cut and a rising gable 'nobori-hafu' is
made. There is also a ridgepole and the 'ogami' sign of the gable should be symmetrical,
matching the left and right sides by using hidden nails ('kugikake'). Inside this
small roof there is a signboard, known as the face of the merchant house. In this
way this important sighboard is protected from wind, rain and sunshine. This signboard
should attract people's attention, but its brightness is not the only important
thing. It also expresses the spirit of its owner and a trust in the commercial
Even nowadays the faces of the old shops 'shinise', matching very well with the
'mushiko-mado' windows, 'kakutou' lanterns and roof tiles, blend in the townscape.