Dog Proof Fence
The inu-yarai is a low curved fence that forms the boundary between the road and machiya and protects the building from mud and dust. The word “inu” means “dog;” and some say that the origin of the inu-yarai was to protect the building from being urinated on by dogs. The shape depended on the household and reflects the individuality of that household. Most inu-yarai are made of bamboo.