015 Yosuitei 04-05



04-05 Shitajimado and Renjimado

Enshu liked to stack shitajimado (exposed lath window) on top of renjimado (slatted window), and he has done so in three places at the Yosuitei. This shitajimado has a single sliding paper screen, and the renjimado has double sliding paper panels (fusuma). These small, low-lying sliding panels are the most unique of the Yosuitei’s features. When closed, they shut out sunlight like solid walls, and when opened, they create bright and airy openings that transform the room of shadows into a room of light. The placement of the renjimado with its bottom edge touching the floor is an original design idea, and it was likely positioned so low to provide a glimpse of the large pond that the teahouse originally stood beside.

About the Yosuitei

Japanese teahouses (chashitsu) are unique buildings with small interiors and many types of windows. The Yosuitei is a thatched hut-style teahouse from the Kanei era (1624–1644) of the early Edo period. It was commissioned by Toshitsune Maeda, the second lord of the Kaga Domain, and built alongside a waiting shelter and a reception hall with a dais at the residence of Kakujo Goto, a sword engraver and Maeda clan liege based in Kyo (present-day Kyoto). Designed by Enshu Kobori, the multiwindowed teahouse is also referred to as the Jusansoseki (lit. “Thirteen-Window Tearoom”) based on the fact that it has thirteen windows, which is the most of any extant teahouse. This project aims to extract the subtle, rich behaviors of the Yosuitei’s thirteen windows by studying the sounds and movements that they make when opened and closed.

04-05 下地窓と連子窓




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Research: Yoh Komiyama

Video: Tomohiro Okazaki

Sound Analysis: INVISI

Production: Window Research Institute 

Special Assistance: Yosuitei Preservation Society

Translation: Gen Machida