Japanese Interior / October 1, 2018 / Jaycee Bolin.
I have recently written a related article on traditional Japanese furniture. The next step over (or previous) to the furniture because it’s going to be more interior design oriented. I believe it is much better to understand and differentiate those concepts.
A unique feature of the traditional Japanese home, known as a Minka, is the partitions used throughout the house to create different spaces that use as living rooms, dining rooms, and study rooms.
These partitions are known as fusuma and are elegant wooden doors which slide vertically to expand or decrease the size of any room. As we see in the photo The furniture, as well as the fusuma, are portable so that one can easily manipulate the layout and style of a particular room. One room that commonly changes around is the washitsu, composed entirely of shoji and fusuma doors as well as tatami mats. The traditional Japanese family uses this room during the daytime as a living room or other type of work space, but at night it is usually converted back into a bedroom.
Seen here is a typical washitsu room:
- The interior of these homes includes a kitchen and a bathroom, although the toilet divided into three parts: a bathing room, a sink, and a shower, the third resembling a small stall-like room. It is common for family members to own two types of slippers- one to walk around the house, and the other to use the toilet room.
- On the outside, gardens of Japanese homes boast a beautiful entrance where family members and guests are encouraged to remove their shoes.