|KEY WORD : architecture / gates, castles|
| 1 Also read ishimon. A gate made almost entirely of stone, seen
especially in Okinawa prefecture. Example: Sonohyan utaki Ishimon 園比屋武御嶽石門 (1519).
Some Japanese castle gates have a high stone base with the upper parts made of
wood and plaster. They have tiled roofs . Example Kouchijou Ottemon 高知城追手門,
is 2-storied gate rebuilt in 1802. The central doors open both ways but side doors
open only one way. The upper story has wood siding with large windows in a row.
See *sekishoumon 石牆門, *sekizou-no-mon
2 Rock that has been formed by the elements of nature to look like a gate. These gates in rock can be formed by the pounding of the sea, an earthquake, water erosion etc.
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