|KEY WORD : architecture / folk dwellings|
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room in the front *shimote
下手, corner of the earth-floored area *doma
土間 in urban vernacular houses *machiya
町家, in many parts of Japan. The doma separates the shimomise
from the main retail area *mise
店. Its position corresponds with that commonly occupied by the stable *umaya
馬屋, in farmhouses. The shimomise in urban buildings often had a timber
suspended floor, albeit a low one, that was frequently made openable to
the street by removable shutters. It was used for the storage and display
of merchandise, or sometimes as a workshop area. Also called *komise
2 In machiya in parts of Kouchi prefecture, a form of removable shutter *tategu 建具 used to close the front of the mise. It consisted of a pair of horizontal hinged wooden shutters. The lower shutter, when opened, folded out and down to make a table with foldable legs to support the front edge, shougi 床几 which was used for the display of merchandise. The upper leaf folded up out of the way like a *shitomi 蔀. See *agemise 揚見世 and *battari shougi ばったり床几.
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