dobei 土塀
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
Also read tsuchibei. Also called *tsuiji 築地. An earthen wall, or parapet, that usually has a plastered and tiled roof that stands atop a stone-faced embankment. In the middle ages, slat board fences *itabei 板塀, adequately served as barricades. After the introduction of firearms, earthen walls gained favor, notably earthen walls with surfaces coated with hard plaster. A tiled gabled roof gave walls or parapets, towers *yagura 櫓, and the keep *tenshu 天守, a greatly enhanced aesthetic appearance and became the chief characteristic of early modern castles. The term for clay walls *neribei 練塀, was used when clay was the primary building material instead of dirt.

Bitchuu Matsuyamajou 備中松山城 (Okayama)


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