Gujo Hachiman, life besides water
Dam plates refer to wooden boards used to dam the water in waterways. They are often found in waterways in the old town areas, Yanagicho, Shokuninmachi and Kajiyamachi. If you insert a dam plate into the waterway, the water level will rise temporarily making it easier to use. It is used for washing, watering flowers, and also for fire extinguishing. You can see people change the flow of water and draw water into their house too.
Draining water from a waterway is called “Washing place” and from the river is called “Kawado”. It was used to wash clothes in the past, but now it is used for rinsing and washing vegetables. It also serves as a social occasion for local people to gather and chat.
Fire prevention buckets
Houses in Gujo Hachiman are densely packed together have been hit by two big fires in the past. People are still conscious of fire protection, so you can see fire buckets hanging under the roof of the house. Bucket’s design differs from town to town, such as Shokuninmachi, Kajiyamachi and Yanagicho, is also amazing.