dairo 大炉
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
Also called ooro. A tea-room firebox or hearth made larger than the normal 42cm square. Measurements varied, but some reached 53cm square in the Momoyama period, while others, rectangular in shape, were about 24cm wide by 55cm long. Large fireboxes could be constructed only in tea ceremony rooms large enough to accommodate them. Oversized fireboxes built separately in the tea ceremony kitchen *mizuya 水屋, are also called ooro. Example: Shoukintei 松琴亭, Katsura Rikyuu 桂離宮, Kyoto.


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