jishin bansho 自身番所
KEY WORD : architecture / folk dwellings
The office or guardroom provided in each city ward *machi 町, in the city of Edo. It was adjacent to the gate *kido 木戸, defining the ward boundary and used by the neighbourhood watchmen responsible for night patrols and local security. The building was a single room usually 1.5 x 2 *ken 間 or 2 x 3 ken in area (roughly 12u or 24u), and 13 shaku 尺 (approximately 394cm) high. The roof was generally *kokerabuki 柿葺 or tile, and had a ladder which allowed the guard to double as a firewatch.


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