Clothing Chests - Isho dansu
In Japan, clothing chests (tansu or isho dansu) were traditionally kept in the kura (storehouse). Isho dansu were made to fit kimono. That is why most Japanese antique clothing tansu have a similar dimensions. In the early Meiji period 1870's the chests made their way out into the house mainly due to the elaborate metal-ware on the Sendai clothing chests. They became more attractive and desirable.
It is legend that Paulownia trees (Kiri) were planted when a daughter was born. These would reach maturity fast enough so that they could be harvested and used to make wedding chests.
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