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.
Shiba-gaki (Uguisu-gaki) 柴垣, 鶯垣
Numazu-gaki/Ajiro-gaki 沼津垣, 網代垣