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read afuri-ita; irakaooi 甍覆.
1 A thick board attached to the edge of a veranda on pre-Meiji buildings or along steps to prevent damage from rain.
2 Thick boards placed over the main ridge *munagi 棟木, beneath the box ridge *hakomune 箱棟, of a pre-Meiji building to protect the main ridge from rain. The boards have a slight downward incline.
3 On a cypress-bark roof *hiwadabuki 桧皮葺, or a roof covered with finely cut and stacked shingles *kokerabuki 柿葺, an aori-ita is called a shinanoki 品軒. Tiles which serve the same purpose on tile roofs *kawara 瓦 are called *hada noshigawara 肌熨斗瓦.
4 On shrine buildings in *shinmei-zukuri 神明造, the aori-ita are boards that act as drip caps. They are attached to each side of the ridge from one end to the other and are held by penetrating beams called *hinuki 飛貫. They are under the ridge cover *kou-ita 甲板, and below the support for the billets *katsuogi 堅魚木. They slope to the same degree as the roof incline *koubai 勾配, and protect the ridge by deflecting rain.
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