Day 26 – Building a itabei

The head gardener and I built the frame for a wooden fence (itabei – 板塀) in a restaurant.

The existing dobei (土塀), the traditional earthen wall has gotten weak and is crumbling, which gives us a great view into the construction of it. A frame is built with wooden posts and a grid of slices of bamboo. Strings made of rice straw (kainawa – 櫂縄) fix the frames to each other. The mud is then thrown into the mesh.

A dobei (土塀), a traditional mud wall in Japan

A dobei (土塀), a traditional mud wall in Japan

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