Kora family

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  • Japanese: 甲良家 (Koura ke)

The Kôra family were a lineage of carpenters and craftsmen maintained as retainers (goyô shônin) by the Tokugawa shogunate, and known for overseeing the design and construction of Edo castle and Nikkô Tôshôgû Shrine.

Ôshima Mitsumoto (1842-1925) was the final head of the family. He was employed as a government official by the Meiji state and designed train stations and other official buildings until the 1890s.


  • Gergely Peter Barna, "Dynamic Heritage - The Possibilities of Digital Tools in Japanese Architectural Heritage Management." Paper presented at International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), 2021.