|KEY WORD : architecture / shrines|
|A long thick horizontal board placed at the apex of a roof as a cover to protect the uppermost ridge. The board is used especially when the roofing material is thatch *kayabuki 茅葺, and finely layered shingles *kokerabuki 柿葺. On shrines, particularly those of *shinmei-zukuri 神明造, the billets *katsuogi 堅魚木, are supported by kou-ita. In this case, the kou-ita is pentagonal in section. An old name for kou-ita is irakaooi 甍覆, also called uwamune 上棟.|
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