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A slatted floor or duckboard floor made of boards or bamboo laid parallel with space between, Each board is called sunoko-ita âŎq”Â. Sunoko have many uses. Sometimes it is used for a kitchen *mizuya …‰® sink in a tea ceremony house *chashitsu ’ƒŽº or on the floor of a bathroom yokushitsu —Žº. When used as a veranda with a slatted floor it is called sunokoen âŎq‰ or âʼn. During the Heian period exterior verandas were made of narrow boards with spaces in between to allow for the run-off of rain. The slats were often 12cm.sq. timbers or thick, widely spaced duckboards. Sometimes narrow boards alternate with whole bamboo with spaces in between to create veranda flooring. Duckboard verandas may also be made of closely laid bamboo entwined with wisteria vine. These elaborate arrangements were provided at the entrance of a nobleman's dwelling built in the sukiya style *sukiya-zukuri ”Šñ‰®‘¢, and beyond were the translucent sliding screens *shouji áŽq constructed in the shoin style *shoin-zukuri ‘‰@‘¢. Some folk dwellings *minka –¯‰Æ contain a room with bamboo laid close together but with a small space between them. Ceilings in folk dwellings are made with mats of small or split bamboo, ditch reed etc. and are called sunoko tenjou âŎq“Vˆä. These are coarsely woven and spread over the ceiling beams. Straw mats may be laid over them. An article in the TAMON-IN NIKKI ‘½•·‰@“ú‹L (dairy; 1586) records the oldest example found in the dwelling of Kon'ya Saijirou ®‰®Ë“ñ˜Y of in Nara.
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*mizuya …‰®FOld Andou ˆÀ“¡ house (Yamanashi)

sunoko tenjou âŎq“VˆäFOld Anzai ˆÀ¼ house (Chiba)

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