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soto roji

outer tea garden; outer sector

The outer sector of a tea garden having two or three sectors. A practical lavatory called kafuku setchin (as opposed to the sand privy, suna setchin) and a waiting bench are sometimes built in this sector. 

Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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