mizuyadana 水屋棚
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
Shelves constructed in the *mizuya 水屋, the room which serves as a kitchen for a tea ceremony room *chashitsu 茶室. The lowermost part is not really a shelf but a slatted board or a spaced bamboo cover, nagashisunoko 流し簀子, used for draining wet dishes. Usually it is level with the floor. A container for water is set on the drainer to wash tea utensils. Cedar boards about 1 to 2cm thick, and 40 to 50cm high koshi-ita 腰板 wainscot the walls to protect them from splashed water. Bamboo nails used to hang wet cloths are driven into these boards. Some mizuya now have a spigot for running water instead of water stored in a large container. There may be one or two long shelves, nagadana 長棚 or tooshidana 通棚, and they may stretch the width of the mizuya. Usually these shelves are about 30cm deep. Sometimes there is only one long shelf and a drop shelf that is made of slatted narrow boards or bamboo, called sunokodana 簀子棚 or nuredana 濡棚. This shelf is about 23cm deep. There may also be corner shelves, sumidana 隅棚, of the hanging type *tsuridana 釣棚, with one shelf *ichijuudana 一重棚, or two shelves *nijuudana 二重棚. These are ordinarily 25cm square. Storage space is called tenbukuro 天袋 and may include side closets, monoire 物入, which stretch from floor to ceiling. They are about 50cm wide. A space closed off by small sliding panel doors may also be provided for storing cut pieces of charcoal, sumikiridome 炭切溜, and ash. There is also an area for storing various utensils and other items, usually with four shelves, also called tenbukuro. The doors of the tenbukuro above the mizuya shelves are often made of wickerwork, and known as ajirodo 網代戸. Those enclosing the four shelves are usually made of wickerwork.

*ajiro 網代 

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