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How to live in traditional Japanese house

In the room of a Japanese style house you are not allowed to wear shoes. Slippers are used inside the house. Since you are not wearing shoes, so you are free to stand, sit and lie there. But when you commune, have a meal or take part in a ceremony in the room, you must [...]

By |April 10th, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

The rooms of traditional Japanese house

In a traditional Japanese house, people don’t sit on chairs or sleep on beds. They sit and sleep on the floor using cushions and futon bedding. The way the Japanese room is designed makes this possible. It evolved over time as an extension of the way people live and as an expression of the native [...]

By |April 9th, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

The structure of traditional Japanese house

The history of Traditional Japanese houses is very affluent. In old times, people of Japan typically lived in free standing houses, which are known as Minka. In cities they lived in Machiya or in row houses which are called Nagaya. These kind of houses can be seen in many places of Japan. Kyoto is very [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

Japanese hot spring and bathhouses

Japanese bathhouses have a long tradition starting out with mixed bathing in the many hot springs to be found in Japan and later in the public bathhouse. The natural hot springs (onsen) and bathhouses (ofuro) are very popular in Japan. Japanese people always keep the toilet and the bathroom neat and clean. They keep it [...]

By |April 6th, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

Japanese toilets and bathroom

The toilet and the bathroom in a traditional Japanese house are separated; it’s unlike in the western countries. A typical Japanese style toilet is very different from a western style toilet. When entering the toilet, one changes out his/her house shoes into specific toilet shoes. Then one proceeds to squat in order to use the [...]

By |April 5th, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

The basic idea of traditional Japanese house

Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The beauty is defined by its beautiful nature and environment. Japanese architecture is a big part in addition to increase the beauty of Japan. From the ancient time, housing has been established with some exceptional design which made it very unique. Japan has both [...]

By |April 4th, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

Japanese storage and traditional Japanese house

Oshiire: In the room of a traditional Japanese house there is a small section which is used for storage. It is called Oshiire. It is a closet for storing the bedding during the day. The Oshiire is used for storing futon (sleeping mattresses), makura (pillows), blankets and sheets. Zabuton (sitting cushions) are also stored there. [...]

By |April 3rd, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

Japanese style dining table and traditional Japanese house

In a Japanese style house you will see Japanese style dining table which are shorter than the usual tables. Those have shorter legs and chairs are not used. People sit on Tatami around the table. In the winter season, Japanese use a heated table called a kotatsu when they sit on tatami in the living [...]

By |April 2nd, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

Tea ceremony and traditional Japanese house

Tea ceremony is a significant part of Japanese culture. It’s called Chanoyu, also called Chado or Sado. Chado literally means “the way of tea”. It’s a highly structured method of preparing powdered green tea in the company of guests. The tea ceremony incorporates the preparation and service of food as well as the study and [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|

Sliding doors of traditional Japanese house

One common feature of Japanese traditional houses is that they have many sliding doors. In early times, they sometimes had dividing screens to partition large rooms. These partitions came to be fixed into the walls, but that caused inconvenience, so channel were made allowing the partitions to slide. This is the style seen in modern [...]

By |March 31st, 2015|Traditional Japanese house|