|KEY WORD : architecture / castles|
|A side entrance to a castle. A small, inconspicuous entrance located on the side of a castle, in contrast with the main gate *ootemon 大手門, and rear gate *karametemon 搦手門, located respectively at the front and rear of a castle. When enemy forces applied pressure on the front and rear gates, the castle garrison was able to slip out via the side entrance and counter attack.|
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