How a traditional Japanese house works

How a traditional Japanese house works

Categories: Asia | Design and Architecture

Says a blogger under the nickname Nefer, who calls herself a maniac traveler: "Living in an old Japanese house is an unforgettable experience. Everything is according to the traditions: genkan, washitsu, fusuma, shoji, tatami, dzabuton, futon, osiire. There is even a kamidana. With simenava and side, as it should be. I photographed everything, everything, everything, and shot a short video. I invite you to take a tour."

How a traditional Japanese house works

How a traditional Japanese house works

Genkan is a Japanese hallway. Shoes must be removed in this area. According to the rules, it is necessary to turn the shoes towards the door. It is necessary to step on the elevation barefoot.

How a traditional Japanese house works

Traditional men's shoes may be a variant of geta.

How a traditional Japanese house works

The room in the traditional Japanese style is called washitsu. The space is divided by fusuma internal sliding walls. Frames and lattices are made of wood, the outer side is pasted with opaque rice paper. The partitions separating the living quarters from the veranda are called shoji. Rice paper is used for them, which transmits light.

How a traditional Japanese house works

Kamidana is a niche for kami. A small Shinto shrine, like a home altar in Russian huts. Shimenawa, literally "enclosing rope", means sacred space. The white zigzag stripes are called shide. Kami - Japanese deities, spirits.

How a traditional Japanese house worksHow a traditional Japanese house works

How a traditional Japanese house works

There is no central heating. You can turn on the air conditioner, if it is available in the house, or a floor heater. Judging by the smell, the heater is gas catalytic, so it's better not to use it.

It is expensive to heat the house with air conditioning, so they solve the problem locally. An understanding of all the charm of the Japanese ofuro bath comes. It is small in area, you can't stretch your legs, but the water does not cool down for a long time, and it is deep, only the head is outside. The owner carefully left the hot water bottles. Electrical sheets are also widespread. There are also special devices - kotatsu.

How a traditional Japanese house works

A futon is a thick soft mattress spread out at night for sleeping. In the morning, he cleans the closet. The cabinet is called oshiire.

How a traditional Japanese house works

The corridor around the perimeter of the house in the warm season is combined with the garden. The walls just shift, at the same time it gets cooler. In this case, traditional shoji are replaced with modern glazing.

How a traditional Japanese house works

Doors are usually decorated with paintings. Please note that the image is shifted to the bottom, because it is designed for a sitting person. In a Japanese house, it is not customary to stand at all, moved from place to place and sat down on his knees again. The pose is called seiza, literally "proper sitting".

How a traditional Japanese house works

In the living room there is a European sofa and a Japanese table on low legs. The flat pillow is called zabuton. They are used for sitting on the floor or on chairs. Although Japanese chairs are actually a seat with a back.

How a traditional Japanese house worksHow a traditional Japanese house works

How a traditional Japanese house works

The kitchen is located outside the house, it is more of a terrace. There is a rice cooker, a microwave oven, something like a grill, a stove and a refrigerator. A lot of dishes.

How a traditional Japanese house works

The washing machine is just huge.

How a traditional Japanese house works

Since the main space of the house is located on an elevation, you can arrange a storage room. The basement is just like ours.

How a traditional Japanese house worksHow a traditional Japanese house works

How a traditional Japanese house works

The window offers a view of the garden.

How a traditional Japanese house works

This is a Voneten Guest House on the island of Izu-Oshima, located in the town of Habuminato - in general, a village. The house was booked on the "Booking". The host is sociable and hospitable. I met him at the bus stop, took him to the supermarket, launched my drone, took a video for memory. It was very cool. The port of Habu is a quiet place, the best impressions.

How a traditional Japanese house works

Japanese cat Anko. Well-mannered, does not climb into the house. Even if the door is open, he sits outside.

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