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A subordinate entry in houses possessing a formal guest entry *genkan ŒºŠÖ, and usually found in warrior class residences, buke yashiki •‰Æ‰®•~, aristocratic residences *machiya ’¬‰Æ and the grandest vernacular houses *minka –¯‰Æ. The term, which was in use from at least the latter half of the 18c, was used to distinguish the secondary entry from the main genkan, omotegenkan •\ŒºŠÖ. Whereas use of the main genkan was restricted to the head of the household and honored guests, the uchigenkan was used by other household members and senior household staff. Details of design varied, but it was less elaborate than the main genkan, often lacking the wide lower step *shikidai Ž®‘ä, characteristic of the genkan. A similar entrance is the koshiyose —`Šñ‚¹ of the Old Shoin, Koshoin ŒÃ‘‰@, at Katsura Rikyuu Œj—£‹{, which was alternatively referred to as uchigenkan to distinguish it from the outer genkan, sotogenkan ŠOŒºŠÖ, although the koshiyose was the more exclusive of the two entrances. The uchigenkan might also be referred to as kogenkan ¬ŒºŠÖ or wakigenkan ˜eŒºŠÖ.
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*naka-no-kuchi ’†‚ÌŒû, *yoritsuki Šñ•t.
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