menzou 眠蔵
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Also mendou 眠堂. Sleeping quarters for the head priest behind the main room at a subsidiary Zen temple *tatchuu 塔頭. It also served for drinking tea and sometimes for storing scrolls. It is considered to embody the style of monks' private, inner living quarters, uchihoujou 内方丈. A central, back room was often used for the menzou, which was usually about two bays by three bays. Later, there was a trend to remove the front area and use the room to house a Buddhist altar.

*houjou 方丈 

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