The History of Takegaki (Bamboo Fences)


The Japanese term takegaki refers to bamboo fences that surround or partition houses or gardens.

They were originally conceived and came into being as a means of protecting life and property.

It is said that the creation of takegaki dates as far back as the Nara period (710-794), when the areas around aristocratic estates were enclosed by hedges and bamboo fences.

The development of tea culture (that is, the tea ceremony or sadō) through the successful efforts of Sen no Rikyū during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1596) led to the birth of sukiya architecture that is characteristic of tea-ceremony arbors, and the subsequent spread of the style of gardening associated with sukiya architecture has led to the further development and popularity oftakegaki today.

Takegaki is a fence (kakine) constructed with bamboo (take), and as many as twenty different styles of takegaki are still in regular use in contemporary Japanese gardening.



"Wabi-sabi" refers to inner beauty that reveals itself as time goes by.

This aesthetic sense applies to bamboo fences as well, which develop beauty and different appearances with the passage of time.

Nagaokameichiku makes bamboo fences that are refreshingly beautiful, with appearances that soothe the spirit and only gain further depth as time passes.


Bamboo Fencing Products

  • Ken'nin-ji-gakiKen'nin-ji-gaki:
    The most representative example of takegaki fencing. So named for being used at Ken'nin-ji Temple in Kyoto. Used as fencing not only for its attractive appearance, but also for privacy, it is widely used as a garden partition and the like.
  • Ryōan-ji-gakiRyōan-ji-gaki:
    A low type of takegaki used as an ornamental partition for garden boundaries. The fencing used at Ryōan-ji Temple in Kyoto is regarded as its prototype. This type of takegaki fencing blends with your garden by allowing clear views of your garden vista.
  • Take’eda hogakiTake’eda hogaki:

    Location:Anderson Japanese Gardens

    A delicate type of takegaki with vertically arranged bamboo branches (takeeda). The use of long branches (ho) of moso bamboo produces a sense of luxury. Visiting guests will be unable to hide their astonishment upon seeing your beloved garden reborn. Available in a rich variety of styles including kata’eda-otoshi (shoulder-branch trimmed) and fushi-zoroe (node-aligned). In the case of fushi-zoroe, the painstaking attention to detail used in weaving each and every small branch produces a sense of luxury.
  • Take’eda rikyū-gakiTake’eda rikyū-gaki:
    The name derives from the takegaki found at the Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyū) in Kyoto. The horizontal arrangement of the bamboo branches creates an atmosphere that conveys its own distinctive sense of beauty.
  • KomayoseKomayose:
    This type of fencing (literally “horse-tethering fencing”) was once used to protect buildings and walls from rain and small animal waste. In their contemporary decorative usage, they form an integral part of the Kyoto cityscape. They are manufactured with great care due to the way they harmonize with buildings and the urban cityscape. Let us bring this product with its superior design to you.
  • Kōetsu-ji-gakiKōetsu-ji-gaki:

    Location:Anderson Japanese Gardens

    This type of fence is so named for the fencing at Kōetsu -ji Temple in Kyoto, which is regarded as its prototype. This type of fencing features an open diamond-shaped lattice within a frame bent into a half-moon curve. The beautiful arc of the Kōetsu-ji-gaki fence conveys simultaneously a sense of presence and flexibility, while imparting a dynamic element to your garden. The technique used to create the curve is the hallmark a master craftsman and his exceptional skills. You can also use these fences to accent your garden or the entrance to your home.
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