A kago (駕籠) is a type of litter used as a means of human transportation by the non-samurai class in feudal Japan and into the Meiji period.
Description and use:
The basket of the kago was about three feet long and it was attached to bamboo uprights which were suspended by a large overhead single crossbeam. A roof of some type covered the top and screens could be used to cover the sides as protection from sun or rain. The kago was carried by a team of four men who took turns carrying the kago on their shoulders, five or six miles could be traveled in one hour. One man would support the weight of the large overhead pole at each end and walked until he tired and switched with a rested carrier. The kago should not be confused with the more elaborate norimono which were used by the samurai class and wealthy individuals.
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