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Repairing the bamboo fence (take gaki)


Our small bamboo fence (take gaki) was constructed in the Yotsume-gaki style. Constructed and placed in 2009 the fence now required repair and maintenance.

A bamboo fence or take gaki ( 竹垣 ) is an important object in many Japanese gardens. Like woods bamboo can last for years in the outdoors with proper maintenance. Bamboo fences also age like wood, it will eventually colour lighter and turn grey. There is a wide diversity of bamboo fences for different purposes.

Fences for enclosing or partitioning a garden, to border walkways or the tall “wing fence”, sodi-gaki, which normally extends from a building or a wall as a decorative screen, or to define space.

A type of bamboo fence is often named after a temple or garden in which it was first used or where its use is prominent, for example the lozenge fence called ryouanjigaki that is used at Ryouan-ji or the kenninjigaki first used at the temple Kenninji also in Kyoto.


As the photo shows some of the bamboo canes feld down and others are close to that stage due to the rope that decayed, in particular at the top. Although it is a good Japanese habit to then fully replace all ropes, I decided to only replace those that have rotted and leave those that will make it for at least an other year. This results in some colour differences but this is just a matter of time.

Related: Construction of a bamboo fence (take gaki) in the Yotsume-gaki style.