Archives for the day Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Houses in Japan; Fusuma Sliding Doors

 In previous entry titled “Houses in Japan “, I wrote about roof material (ceramic tiles called “Kawara”),traditional Japanese flooring made from rice straws called “Tatami mat” , and the use of slippers in Japanese houses.

 Here, I would like to focus more on inside differences between Japanese houses and American/western houses.

 When you enter into traditional Japanese houses, you would recognize Japanese houses have interesting doors inside.

 The doors would be seen more likely with traditional tatami mat room. There are two kinds of doors unique to Japanese houses. One is called “Fusuma”. In this entry, I would like to focus on these unique sliding doors called “Fusuma”.

 What is “Fusuma” door?

 It is a sliding doors between the room, and it is made of wooden frame and Japanese paper is pasted and then, Fusuma paper is placed on top. That Fusuma paper usually has beautiful drawings of nature such as mountain. This Fusuma doors can also be seen at “Oshiire”, where many Japanese people put away their Futon.

 If you have been to castles or temples in Japan, or watched samurai movies/dramas, you would have seen them.

 What is unique about this Fusuma doors are not just how it is made but also unique functionality. Fusuma doors slide on wooden rails on bottom and top, and if you needed to create the space, you can just take off the Fusuma doors and you can combine two rooms as one room.

 I came across youtube video on Fusuma doors, and you can see what the doors would look like.

Fusuma Sliding Doors Part I

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Fusuma Sliding Doors Part II

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Fusuma Sliding Doors Part III

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  These Fusuma sliding doors has long history behind them, and although Japanese culture is getting somewhat westernized as years passes by, I would still like to see all these traditional unique cultural stuff preserved and passes down to next generation and introduce our culture to other people in the world.


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