What’s “Tatami-tei” the tradition making use of Tatami for disaster prevention

2017.02.27

What’s “Tatami-tei” the tradition making use of Tatami for disaster prevention

Japan is a country with a number of natural disasters such as earthquake, Tsunami, high tide, flood etc.
Disaster prevention is often referred to in media and many people are interested in it.

One of the traditional disaster prevention is
“Tatami-tei”.
This is a wisdom to make use of Tatami in the house in case of emergency.

“Tatami-tei” is a specific wall installed along the river.
It works little differently from general wall made of concrete.

During usual time, it looks like normal bridge gate made with stone and
concrete so that it won’t harm the scenery along the river.

However, when water rises, neighbors will take out their Tatami from their house,
put it in the frame of bridge gate and use as wall.

In order to make use of this “Tatami-tei” in case of emergency,
it is important to always get accordance of neighbors.

So we can’t find it everywhere in Japan but it’s a tradition in area with
“rough river”
who floods often.

Source of photo: http://www.qsr.mlit.go.jp/nobeoka/kasen/kawamachidukuri/kyorihyo/view/03.html

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