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Yosuitei 01-02 Shikishimado

A shikishimado (lit. “calligraphy board window”) is a type of window composed of a stacked pair of openings that are shifted off-axis, and it is named based on its appearance. It gets its name from the way the arrangement of its openings resembles a traditional style of patterning known as shikishi-chirashi (lit. “scattered calligraphy boards”). The upper opening consists of a renjimado (slatted window) fitted with double sliding paper screens (shōji), while the bottom opening is a shitajimado (exposed lath window) with a single sliding paper screen.

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.

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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