|KEY WORD : architecture / castles|
| Also written 風子, 翳. Lit. shade. Walls, embankments,
or plants used to prevent the enemy from seeing the activities inside a castle.
When a castle compound or enclosure *kuruwa
郭, or tower *yagura 櫓, serve
this function they are termed kazashikuruwa かざし郭 and kazashiyagura
かざし櫓 respectively. Commonly located outside the main gate *koguchi
虎口, of a castle, near the corners of corridors within the castle, and between
separate compounds. Kazashi often provided cover for offensive thrusts
by the castle garrison, in contrast to screens *shitomi
蔀, inside the castle gate which served a defensive function. For this reason,
Edo period militarists referred to kazashi and shitomi as you
陽 and in 陰, meaning light and dark, or positive and negative respectively.
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