Inu-Yarai, a Singularity of Kyoto


Whereas the curved split bamboo gutter cover (inu-yarai) design of Kyoto traditional wooden houses came to be for various purposes in the old days such as protection of the wall from dog pee, or horse dung, or rain falling on its roof, and or from eavesdroppers.


Today, I suppose inu-yarai is used as concealment for unsightly gutter, pipes, and faucet from the street point of view – something neat and attractive yet something functional. Inu-yarai is therefore a noteworthy fragment of Kyoto’s identity.






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