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Japanese fences

Dimitri Malko


In Japan, there is an inclination towards obscuring the demarcation between the private and the public space. The high palisades surrounding “skya” style constructions enclose the gardens where the low fences line the vegetation.

In the religious domain, the palisades that separate the sacred space from the secular space, called “tama-gaki”, are found neighbouring “koran” style fences.

Stone can sometimes be used as part or only component of the barrier.

The barriers and palisades in Japan are utilized to hide the buildings and gardens from the public space, but they stay entirely as art works in which the carpenters of the archipelago put sense of aesthetic and tradition, preserving the privacy, harmony of the landscape and calm.


Japan; Japanese traditional constructions; skya; gaki; tama-gaki; Koran; skya-kenchikku; skya-zukuri; Yamatobari; Me-ita-bari; chiashitsu no he


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