Return to Japan 2010 & 2016

Traditional House Interiors

The traditional Japanes house, called “minka” is made of wood beams and columns.

The “engava” is a space outside, like a veranda.

Fusuma” are the opaque, often painted, sliding doors that partition the interior. Thy are made of a light wood frame and rice paper. “Ramma” are the carved wood lintels above.

Tatami mats” cover the wooden floors of the formal rooms for guests. They are standard size within each region. Room size is usually measured in tatami mats.

The ” irori“, the hearth, is the main sourse of heat and used sometimes for cooking.

The “tokonoma” is a wooden alcove used for displaying a scroll and flowers or ceramics

Butsudan” buddhist altar is found in many homes together with  a simpler Shinto shrine

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