|hi-no-mi yagura 火見櫓|
|KEY WORD : architecture / folk dwellings|
| Fire towers. Timber-framed watchtowers erected
during the Edo period in large cities to enable fires to be located when
they broke out, and their progress monitored. In Edo there is said to have
been one about every ten blocks. They were about 9m high and the frame was
constructed around four earth-fast posts *hottate
bashira 掘立柱, canted slightly inwards. At the top of the posts was
constructed a platform about one *tsubo
坪 (2m x 2m) in area, with a railing and a roof of shingles or bark *doibuki
土居葺. The posts were set in the earth to a depth of about 1m, and diagonal
bracing was used to give the frame greater stability.
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