Elements of traditional Japanese house design

Elements of traditional Japanese house design

Elements of traditional Japanese house design Many people would agree that everything in Japan seems interesting when we observe it and come to know the details. Here are some features we can observe once we enter a Japanese house.

Elements of traditional Japanese house design

 

Genkan 玄関

“Genkan 玄関” is the entrance of the house. When we enter inside a Japanese house, we should remove our shoes in this area and wear special slippers before stepping inside.

Elements of traditional Japanese house design

Washitsu 和室

“Washitsu 和室” is a traditional Japanese-style room usually furnished with low tables, tatami mats and wooden doors. In contrast, “Youshitsu 洋室” means Western-style room, which is either carpeted or have laminate flooring.

Elements of traditional Japanese house design

Tatami 畳(たたみ

“Tatami 畳” is a type of mat used as a flooring material in Washitsu. These mats do not only provide beauty to the houses, but also help to keep warm during the cold winter days in Japan. Also. the size of a Japanese-style room is measured by the number of tatami mats: e.g. Four-mat room = 6.12 sqm = 66 square feet.

Elements of traditional Japanese house design

Fusuma

Mostly, the sliding doors are installed on connecting walls, they are made of wooden borders and plywood body with rice paper. Sometimes the paper has beautiful paintings done on it.

Abbreviations

Last but not least, the number of rooms in Japan is expressed by the number in front of the letters above. L stands for “Living”, D stands for “Dining”, K stands for Kitchen”. The number 1 indicates that there is one room in addition to the main living area. Here are some examples:

• 1LDK = 1 room, 1 Living, 1 Dining Kitchen
• 2DK = 2 rooms, 1 Dining Kitchen

Elements of traditional Japanese house design


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