|KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses|
lower seat alcove. An alcove *tokonoma
床の間, positioned behind the host's mat *temaedatami
点前畳 in a tearoom, *chashitsu
茶室. When the main guest is seated at the right front of the host, he is
somewhat removed from the alcove. If a light meal, kaiseki ryouri
懐石料理 is served, the main guest is seated in front of the alcove. Sometimes
gezadoko refers to an alcove located to the right of the host's mat
or utensil mat *dougudatami
道具畳 in a regular 4 1/2 mat *yojouhan 四畳半 tearoom, or to an alcove provided near the side of host's
mat. A tea room with a gezadoko is known as *gezadoko-no-seki 下座床の席. This term is contrasted with jouzadoko-no-seki 上座床の席 where the tokonoma is on the same side as the stove *ro 炉.
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