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Last update November 26, 2017

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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 bedroom (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.

 A theory says that armed guards were on standby hiding behind these doors for a case of emergency, for example, when the master's life was in danger, but the authenticity of this story has not been proved.

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