Bamboo Fences Isao Yoshikawa With photographs by Osamu Suzuki
PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS NEW YORK
ginkakuji Fence The ginkakuji fence takes its name from the famous Zen temple in Kyoto, also known as Jishoji, built in 1474. The fence there tops a stone wall in the outer grounds on the approach to the temple from the main gate. Though there are some technical differences in construction, the ginkakuji fence, usually made with two horizontal support poles, is
very similar to a low Kenninji fence, and today low versions of the latter are generally called ginkakuji fences. Resting on walls of stone or earth, this type of bamboo fence is perhaps the most beautiful of all.
The original ginkakuji fence, made of madake bamboo Jishoji Temple, Kyoto
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A ginkakuji fence that is almost identical to the original Shofukuro, Yokaichi
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unusual ginkakuji fence along a slope Honenâ€™in Temple, Kyoto
The original ginkakuji fence, atop a stone wall Jishoji Temple, Kyoto
Unique Fences Unique fences have been designed by a landscape architect to fit a particular garden. Most of these are constructed by adding a modern touch to a traditional bamboo fence style. The most common model is the Kenninji fence; its vertical pieces can be rearranged horizontally or diagonally and attached to support poles. Designers often give their
creations an original name. Two well-known unique fences are the aboshi-gaki (net-drying fence) and the moji-gaki (letter fence).
A bold unique fence with a design reminiscent of swirls of clouds Ryoginâ€™an, Kyoto
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A unique fence modeled after bolts of lightning Ryoginâ€™an, Kyoto
Bamboo has always played an important role in Japanese daily life, and the versatile plant has been used for numerous purposes ranging from...