Kaimagari

堀内鍵曲

The street which gives the illusion of a dead end

Some quarters of the town have a special “kaimagari” layout, the feature of which is angled, narrow, labyrinth-like roads. On each side of these roads, walls have been constructed high enough to hide landmarks from any intruding enemy samurai, thus helping local samurai to apprehend them easily. Such layouts are typical for a castle town.

The kaimagari near Kuchiba House, kept unpaved to preserve its historical appearance, is also referred to as “Oimawashisuji,” or “lane of pursuit.”

 

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