- 'Eight-roofed style'. 'Eight' is used figuratively to mean 'large' and yatsu-mune shrines usually have five- or seven-part roofs. It refers to a shrine architectural style (-zukuri) exemplified by the Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto. It is a a development of the gongen-zukuri style, with a small room (ishi-no-ma, room of stone) connecting the honden and haiden.
A Popular Dictionary of Shinto. Brian Bocking.