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Last update November 3, 2019

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Chodai Gamae

Decorative Doors

 Chodai was the word for “a bed” for high-class people, and Chodai Gamae functioned as the doors to a bed room (or sometimes a closet room). However, until the Edo Period (1603 - 1867), the function had already died out, and it only served as an interior ornament. In other words, there were only doors, often elaborately decorated, but there was no room behind them.

 An unverified story says that hidden armed guards were on standby behind these doors for a case of emergency, for example, when the master’s life was in danger.

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