Tadakatsu Sakai contributed this building in 1650, but was burned
down in 1815. Descendant of Tadakatsu rebuilt in 1818. Tadakatsu
Sakai was the governor of Obama (Former Fukui prefecture).
It is 36m high. There are no floors
inside and each story is connected directly. The central pillar
is the diameter of 60cm. It is hung from the height of the 4th floor
by chain. The bottom of the pillar is not attached to the ground,
but it has floated about 10cm. This is an anti-earthquake construction.
Also, gap of the building will be bigger when wood shrinks and the
roof sinks. The hung pillar also has an effect on that.
Rafter of the roof is parallel
from the first to the 4th floor, but rafter of the 5th layer is
spokewise. Also, sculptures of animals on the first layer indicate
twelve zodiac signs and directions.