|KEY WORD : architecture / general terms|
| The topmost member of a three-railed balustrade
*kouran 高欄, usually round
or octagonal in section. Although rare, some hokogi are polygonal or hexagonal
in section. The earliest topmost railings did not have curved ends and were cut
straight down. From the Heian period they became wider and curved upward
at the extended ends. During the Edo period the extended ends were
cut with an inward slant.
|*hirageta 平桁, *jifuku 地覆|
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