amaochi 雨落
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
Also called amadari 雨垂り, and amadareochi 雨垂れ落ち. The place on the ground, directly belows the eaves, which catches run-off rainwater from the roof. To avoid unsightly splashing of mud, stones amaochi-ishi 雨落石 or gravel amaochi jari 雨落砂利, are spread along this space. Sometimes a ditch, amaochimizo 雨落溝, is dug to catch the run-off and direct it to an outlet. These ditches are usually rather wide, up to one meter, in order to catch rainwater blown toward the building in a storm or rain falling with an inward slant due to pitch of the roof tiles. Two-storied structures or single-storied structures with a *mokoshi 裳階 added at a lower level have broad, concave roof tiles *hiragawara 平瓦, that are lined up to catch rainwater that drips from above, reducing its speed to the ground.

Old Honda 本田 house (Nagasaki)

*amadoi 雨樋  

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