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A sunken hearth. A square box installed into the floor of a tea ceremony room to make a charcoal fire. The standard size ro for kyoumadatami ‹žŠÔô, the common size *tatami ô used in Kyoto and vicinity, is about 44cm square, and about 39cm square for inakadatami “cŽÉô, also called edodatami ]ŒËô, the common size tatami used in the Kantou ŠÖ“Œ region. The larger ro is the most frequently used. The ro is constructed with a firebox *rodan ˜F’d, set into the floor, and then framed around the edges of the tatami. The firebox is filled with ashes and a little stand, gotoku ŒÜ“¿ is set on top of them. Another method of heating the kettle is to hang it from a chain or extended pot-hook from a leech nail attached to the ceiling. The sunken hearth is used only in winter and spring. During the summer and fall, the ro is closed up during formal changing of the straw mats, with either a mat the size of the sunken hearth or a wooden cover. There are eight traditional locations *hachiro ”ª˜F, for positioning the sunken hearth. A round fireplace *ganro ŠÛ˜F, is provided in the waiting room machiaishitsu ‘ҍ‡Žº, and in the tea ceremony room kitchen *mizuya …‰®.
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Old Andou ˆÀ“¡ house (Yamanashi)

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