The majority of wooden townhouses (machiya) in Sakai have burned down over the years, making them rare finds within the city. One such remaining property is the SAKAINOMA RESIDENCE Kuma. The detached building is 70 years old, and has two rooms available for guests. Typical of townhouses in the city, it has a short facade which faces the main road and extends far inside.
The reason for this design was a result of calculating taxes based on how large the front of the property was on the main street. The larger the front, the higher the tax. However, tax was not proportionate to the size of the overall property, which allowed for townhouses such as this to extend far inside property grounds. This design results in a very thin but long property with dark rooms. Small gardens were also incorporated into the design of the building to allow natural light into the rooms.