Nagaya have been disappearing from downtown Tokyo for many decades, with row upon row of these “long houses” torn down to make way for more comfortable — and profitable — residential complexes and office blocks.

However, it’s still possible to find examples of nagaya from the postwar era scattered around areas such as Sumida, Taito and Bunkyo wards today, and a new generation of creators are taking steps to customize them for their own purposes and give them a new lease on life.

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