|KEY WORD : architecture / buildings & structures|
| 1 Small buildings or huts where village representatives used to stay en route to or upon return from a visit to a mountain temple. Generally, the structures were used for religious rites related to the temple and its environs.
2 In northern Japan, rustic shelters or huts, about 1×3 bays, with thatched roofs and plank floors, that were built at the southwest corner of land belonging to ascetic believers. These huts had hearths, kitchen utensils and bedding.
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