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Lit. willow shelf. An asymmetrical arrangement of three decorative shelves tokowakidana °˜e’I arranged in the recess *tokowaki °˜e next to the decorative alcove *tokonoma °‚ÌŠÔ. The willow shelves are arranged in three levels by first suspending a strut from the underside of the ceiling cupboards *fukurodaba ‘Ü’I. This strut hangs down from the right side of the cupboard and is matched by a slightly longer strut which rises from the left side of the recess floor. A shelf is attached to the bottom of the suspended strut. Slightly in from the end of this shelf is a curvilinear form resembling a snail *ebizuka ŠC˜V‘©, which is in turn connected to a central, slightly higher shelf attached to the left-hand rising strut. Finally, another short shelf runs from the left wall to the floor strut. This shelf arrangement was first mentioned in 1658 in a book called SHINPENSANHINAGATA, e•ÒŽO—Œ` (New third edition of a pattern book) and indicates that the yanagidana dates to a very early period. A similar arrangement of three shelves that does not have suspended struts is called chidoridana ç’¹’I.
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