Ueyakato Landscape has posted a new keywords article to its English website!
This time we looked at the stone wall.
In Japan, the steep terrain of Japan’s geography meant that stone formations used to prevent erosion naturally tended to take on the look of a stone wall. But it was not until the sixteenth century that the need for high castle walls led to the development of techniques for stabilizing walls by backfilling them with stones and gravel. It was then that stone wall styles proliferated in response to the warriors’ need for a variety of slopes to defend their castles and later appeared in traditional farmhouses and terraced paddy fields.
When stone walls are used effectively, they majestically delineate the worlds of humans and nature, architecture and garden, or land and water. They are thus unique examples of walls that create borders between spaces, but at the same time also harmonize them into a single landscape.
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