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The Takasegawa in Kyoto is a man-made canal, less than ten kilometers long and thirty centimeters deep, which was first opened for the transportation of building materials. During its three hundred years of usage, this canal had the following advantages.
- the efficiency of transportation using takasebune, a boat that is more than 20 times more efficient compared to traditional wagon transportation;
- the cost is greatly reduced and it is also very environmentally friendly because it relies on water flow and gravity for transportation;
- the takasebune, a square boat with a very shallow draft, could be built by any experienced carpenter;
- the noise in the city was greatly reduced because the use of wagon carriages was reduced;
- the river banks are planted with cherry blossoms, so the Takasegawa has become a sacred place for cherry blossom viewing.
In short, Takasegawa is a role model of sustainable architecture.
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- 使用 takasebune 这种船的运输效率相较于传统的马车运输提升20多倍，效率大大提升；
- takasebune 这种船方方正正，吃水很浅，任何有经验的木匠都能打造；