The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 6. Garden Enclosures

Lifting Gate of Saimioji

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For the internal fences of Tea Gardens very light Gates of odd designs are often used. One of these,�the Saimioji-shiwori-do, or "Lifting Gate of Saimioji"�is of a rounded oblong shape, measuring about two and a half feet in width, and constructed of light basket-work of crossed bamboo rods. This Gate is peculiar inasmuch as it is made to swing from above, and is propped up when open by a bamboo rod. The construction is supposed to be in imitation of the doorways used in the most primitive Japanese dwellings.