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06-07 Shitajimado and Renjimado

Another instance where Enshu used his favorite combination of an upper shitajimado (exposed lath window) and lower renjimado (slatted window). This shitajimado has a woven blind (sudare) on its exterior side, and the renjimado has a single sliding paper screen on its interior side.

08 Nijiriguchi

A nijiriguchi (lit. “wriggle-in entrance”) is a small entrance made for tea ceremony guests. It is also known as a kuguri (lit. “duck-through”), and it is fitted with a single sliding door panel called a nijirido (lit. “wriggle-in door”) or sasado (lit. “narrow door”). These door panels are said to have originally been made by cutting wood board shutters (amado), and the simplicity of their designs speaks to their origins. They are constructed as what is called a nimaihan (lit. “two and a half boards”), and as the name suggests, they are composed of two wide plain-sawn boards and one narrow quarter-sawn board, which are arranged in the order of large-medium-small or large-large-small. They are typically held together from the inside by battens fixed to the middle and upper part of the boards and do not have a top rail.

09-10 Shitajimado and Renjimado

In this instance where Enshu used his favored combination of an upper shitajimado (exposed lath window) and a lower renjimado (slatted window), the shitajimado has a single sliding paper screen, and the renjimado has double sliding paper panels. The tea ceremony host can control the amount of light that enters the room and use it for effect by adjusting these sliding paper panels, which shut out sunlight like solid walls when closed and become bright, airy apertures when opened.

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.

06-07 下地窓と連子窓


08 躙口


09-10 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