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JDR Vol.6 No.1 pp. 109-118
(2011)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2011.p0109

Paper:

Survey Analysis of Wooded Areas Around Temples and Former Samurai Residences in Urban Areas – Their Shapes and Sizes Seen from Their Potential Function as Firebreak Belts

Masahiko Takamatsu and Takeyuki Okubo

Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan

Received:
September 1, 2010
Accepted:
December 24, 2010
Published:
February 1, 2011
Keywords:
temples, samurai residences, wooded areas, fire prevention performance, firebreaks
Abstract

In the early modern age, castle towns prospered all around Japan. Clusters of temples and samurai residences were formed in those towns. Today, we inherit part of those town layouts and buildings in our cities. In these areas, gardens and wooded areas around temples and residences not only provide a good natural environment but also function as firebreaks. The purpose of this research is to contribute to the effective conservation of such wooded areas as firebreak belts. We therefore surveyed the shapes and sizes of the clusters of temples and former samurai residences in castle towns all around Japan and then analyzed their function as firebreaks.

Cite this article as:
Masahiko Takamatsu and Takeyuki Okubo, “Survey Analysis of Wooded Areas Around Temples and Former Samurai Residences in Urban Areas – Their Shapes and Sizes Seen from Their Potential Function as Firebreak Belts,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.6, No.1, pp. 109-118, 2011.
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