kuroki 黒木
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
Unstripped or unbarked timber. A log which is cut so that the bark is left intact. Small unbarked logs, left in their natural shapes are used as alcove posts *tokobashira 床柱 in tea ceremony houses *chashitsu 茶室 of the sukiya style *sukiya-zukuri 数寄屋造. One such example is the Touinseki 桐蔭席 in Kyoto (rebuilt 1928). Such posts are, in general, called kurokibashira 黒木柱. The style of using unbarked timber for buildings is called kuroki-zukuri 黒木造. One example of this style is found in the temporary buildings erected for the Great Food Festival *daijousai 大嘗祭. Shinto gates *torii 鳥居, made of unbarked timber are called *kuroki torii 黒木鳥居.


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