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A general term for three basic tiles: irakadomoe Ob, a tile decorated with a comma shaped pattern *tomoemon b with the same shape as a semi-cylindrical eave end tile *nokimarugawara ۊ, only a little shorter; iraka karakusagawara O, a concave shaped tile, the same as a broad cave-end tile *nokihiragawara but slightly shorter used at the end of an eve; and irakamendo Oʌ, a gap-filling tile. When all three types are used at the base of the main ridge they are called irakamune O. They are also used on the roof overhang along the bargeboards *hafu j of the gable and along corner ridges *sumikudarimune ~. The hon-irakagawara serve the same purpose as the *kakegawara | (main hanging tile). Hon-irakagawara do not have a second broad, concave tile *ninohiragawara ̕ set above or a flat tile *shikigawara ~ laid below as is the case with honkakegawara roofing. However, because the iraka karakusagawara extended only slightly beyond the edge of the eaves there is little fear of breakage.
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