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
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.
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