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|A built-up ridge compound or rows of patterned tiles *munakomigawara 棟込瓦. Such high ridges did not appear until the end of the 16c but became a central characteristic of Edo period building. The rows of decorative tiles may vary from one to many, each with a different pattern. The use of munakomigawara is not confined to the main ridge, kumimune but is also applied to the descending ridges *kudarimune 降棟 and the offspring ridges *chigomune 稚児棟. Various examples can be seen on temple and shrine buildings throughout the country. It is possible to see only one row of interlocking patterns *wachigaigawara 輪違瓦, two examples on the gate at Houyuuji An'youin Omotemon 法隆寺安養院表門, Nara and a more complex interlocking arrangement at Miidera Ryouganji Omotemon 三井寺両願寺表門, Shiga prefecture. However, interlocking patterns are more commonly used together with the chrysanthmum pattern *kikugawara 菊瓦, for example, at Kibitsu Jinja Emaden 吉備津神社絵馬殿, Okayama prefecture or at Houryuuji Nishimon 西門.|
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