fence; boundary wall; wall
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Fans of Japanese architecture: this essay abounds in photos! Japanese fences and boundary walls make definitive statements in residential settings and at temples, castles, and restaurants. Learn terms for bamboo and wooden fences, as well as earthen and cinderblock walls. Find out what a black fence represents and what Japan's boundary walls mean culturally and psychologically.
Nov. 8, 2013: pp. 6 and 7: Significantly revised the photo caption after reinterpreting the Japanese in the sign.
Oct. 31, 2013: p. 3: Added a definition (prison) to 刑務所, which had none!
Mar. 25, 2013: Fixed a typo on p. 23 and revised a few sentences there.
Feb. 15, 2013: Originally published.