Japanese Bamboo Fence

Bamboo fences – Part 1  (竹垣)

In Japanese gardens as well as in Western gardens, fences can have many different functions – from being mainly practical, subdividing the garden or separating it from the outside to being a more decorative element.

Bamboo is a very light and easy to work material. It is strong, yet flexible, which allows for a great variety of practical uses and designs. As a building material for the outside, where it is exposed to sun and rain, it is relatively short-lived. Especially when the bamboo is in direct contact with water or soil, it weathers rapidly. Still, even though a fence may last only around 5 years, it ages gracefully.

Part 1 deals with the most important tall bamboo fences.


Chasen-gaki 茶筅垣
Daitokuji-gaki 大徳寺垣
Shiba-gaki (Uguisu-gaki) 柴垣, 鶯垣
Koshiba-gaki 小柴垣
Kuromoji-gaki 黒文字垣
Takehō-gaki 竹穂垣

Katsura-gaki 桂垣
Ginkakuji-gaki 銀閣寺垣
Kenninji-gaki 建仁寺垣
Misu-gaki 御簾垣
Nanzenji-gaki 南禅寺垣
Numazu-gaki/Ajiro-gaki 沼津垣, 網代垣
Teppō-gaki 鉄砲垣
Tokusa-gaki 木賊垣

Sode-gaki 袖垣

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