Ōte on Megijima

 

 

One of Megijima‘s architectural specificity is those large stone walls here and there in the village of Megichō, especially when one gets near the Seto Inland Sea. They are called Ōte (pronounce: “Ohteh”) and you have most likely already understood that their purpose is to protect the houses that are almost on the shore from bad weather, especially strong winds (not uncommon) and big waves (more uncommon, but they can happen). The thing is that, contrarily to its neighbor Ogichō, Megichō is a flat village, and it is more susceptible to be affected by bad weather.

 

 

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