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Name
Magaki Fences
Address
Wanizaki area, Suzu City; Ozawa-machi and Kami-ozawa-machi, Wajima City
Category
Natural landscape
Class
Rural landscape
Comment
Magaki refers to bamboo windbreak fencing erected in coastal settlements to protect houses from the strong wind and briny air from the Sea of Japan. At intervals of about 1.81 meters, a pole of Ate wood, chestnut or Moso bamboo is put up, and between these, four- to five-meter-long Japanese timber bamboo poles are arranged. The name magaki is said to come from the distance between the poles. The fences are usually installed in the fall and removed in the spring. All-year-round magaki, called man-nen-gaki, is effective in blocking the strong western sunlight of summer. This type of fencing is an example of collective wisdom that has made coastal life more comfortable throughout the year.
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