mukou-ita 向板
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
A board, usually of pine but sometimes Japanese cedar, placed between a normal sized host's mat *temaedatami 点前畳, and a smaller mat *daimedatami 台目畳. The length of the board is about 95.45cm, the thickness about 4.5cm and the width 45.5cm. Some boards, however, are only 24.2cm wide. It is found mainly in tea ceremony rooms of 4 1/2 mats or smaller. Although it is not clear when this board was first used, it was already in use in the Momoyama period. It is believed to have been added to support the portable hearth *furo 風炉, and various utensils. The *fukasanjou 深三畳 tea ceremony room, which was popular during the Momoyama period, used the mukou-ita. By the late 16c, a 42cm square sunken fire-box began to be placed next to the mukou-ita. Examples: Konnichi'an 今日庵 at Urasenke 裏千家, and Yoshino Dayuu Ihouan 吉野大夫遺芳庵 at Koudaiji 高台寺, both in Kyoto.

 Konnichi'an 今日庵
Konnichi'an 今日庵
a) *ro 炉 b) mukou-ita 向板 c) *koita 小板 d) *kabedoko 壁床
e) *daimedatami 台目畳 f) *mizuya douko 水屋洞庫 g) *sadouguchi 茶道口 h) *nijiriguchi 躙口

 Ihou'an 遺芳庵
Ihou'an 遺芳庵
a) *ro 炉 b) mukou-ita 向板 c) *kabedoko 壁床  d) *daimedatami 台目畳
e) *mizuya douko 水屋洞庫 f) *sadouguchi 茶道口 g )*nijiriguchi 躙口  h) *marumado 円窓


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