|KEY WORD : architecture / roofing tiles|
|A general term for three basic tiles: irakadomoe 甍巴, a tile decorated with a comma shaped pattern *tomoemon 巴文 with the same shape as a semi-cylindrical eave end tile *nokimarugawara 軒丸瓦, only a little shorter; iraka karakusagawara 甍唐草瓦, a concave shaped tile, the same as a broad cave-end tile *nokihiragawara 軒平瓦 but slightly shorter used at the end of an eve; and irakamendo 甍面戸, a gap-filling tile. When all three types are used at the base of the main ridge they are called irakamune 甍棟. They are also used on the roof overhang along the bargeboards *hafu 破風 of the gable and along corner ridges *sumikudarimune 隅降棟. The hon-irakagawara serve the same purpose as the *kakegawara 掛瓦 (main hanging tile). Hon-irakagawara do not have a second broad, concave tile *ninohiragawara 二の平瓦 set above or a flat tile *shikigawara 敷瓦 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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