kasumidoko 霞床
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
Also kasumidoko-no-seki 霞床の席. An alcove *tokonoma 床の間, with staggered shelves *chigaidana 違い棚, behind which a scroll of Mt. Fuji 富士 is hung. The shelves are meant to give the impression of mist *kasumi 霞, floating by the mountain. Hence, the name kasumidoko. The best example of this type of alcove is at Daitokuji Gyokurin-in 大徳寺玉林院 in Kyoto, and was greatly favored by tea master Sen Sousa 千宗左 (1705-51). This particular alcove is a 4 1/2 mat space *yojouhan 四畳半, and measures 184cm x 87cm. The base board is 3.6cm thick and is made of smoke-stained bamboo with a diameter of 12cm. The shelves in this alcove stretch across the center-width of the alcove about 9cm out from the rear wall, and are attached to the side walls with brackets. The staggered shelves, are made of zelkova board, and the walls of the alcove are covered with a white Japanese paper called *torinoko 鳥の子. The alcove has a stepped shelf which symbolizes clouds passing across Mt. Fuji. The ceiling is coffered *kogumi goutenjou 小組格天井.


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