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Shortened form of idokoro ‹Š. A name for rooms or spaces in the following contexts:

1@In small traditional farmhouses, nouka ”_‰Æ, in the Suwa z–K district of Nagano prefecture, a room adjacent to the earth-floored area *doma “yŠÔ used as an everyday living room and for entertaining guests, since these houses often have no other guest room. It has an open hearth *irori ˆÍ˜F— , cut into the floor which is used for cooking and around which meals are taken.

2@In traditional farmhouses in parts of Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures, a large room, sometimes as large as eighteen *tatami ô mats, adjacent to the earth-floored area *doma “yŠÔ used as the principal everyday living room. It has an open hearth *irori ˆÍ˜F— , cut in the floor on the side closest to the doma, is unceilinged and has a bare timber floor. The household Shinto altar *kamidana _’I and Buddhist altar *butsudan •§’d are kept in it. See *oue Œäã.

3@In traditional farmhouses in parts of Gunma and Akita prefectures, a timber platform projecting from the raised floor living rooms, kyoshitsubu ‹Žº•”, into the doma. It has an irori and is used as a cooking area and for sedentary work during the winter months.

4@In farmhouses in the area of Kamaishi Š˜Î city, Iwate prefecture, the sitting area around the irori in a timber platform projecting into the rear of the *doma “yŠÔ.

5@In traditional farmhouses in parts of Fukushima prefecture a large room at the upper end *kamite ãŽè, of the earth-floored area *doma “yŠÔ, which serves as the principal everyday living room. The raised timber floor has an open hearth *irori ˆÍ˜F— , cut into it. The space is alternatively referred to as kami-no-ma ã‚ÌŠÔ in the same region.
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