sadouguchi 茶道口
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
Also written 茶堂口, 茶頭口; Also chatateguchi 茶立口, or *katteguchi 勝手口. The host's entrance to the tea ceremony room when he is to perform the tea ceremony. The host usually passes from the preparation area or kitchen *mizuya 水屋, and enters the tea ceremony room through the sadouguchi. There is either a step-in mat *fumikomidatami 踏込畳, or the host's mat called either *temaedatami 点前畳 or *dougudatami 道具畳, placed immediately in front of the entrance. The standard dimensions of the sadouguchi in a rustic tearoom *souan 草庵 are about 1.6m high by 60cm wide with a post at one side. Sadouguchi can be found in either of two basic styles: a plastered *katouguchi 火灯口 with an arched top, or *houdateguchi 方立口 which has a small post on one side and lintel above. These entrances can be closed by a sliding door completely covered with white paper, *taikobari fusuma 太鼓張襖. The doorway sometimes contains double sliding doors, in which case it is called *kayoiguchi 通い口. See *kyuujiguchi 給仕口. Example: Hanshou'an 半床庵, Kyoto and Jo'an 如庵, Aichi prefecture.

a) *hakamagoshi 袴腰   b) *katouguchi 火灯口  c) *houdateguchi 方立口

*yojouhan 四畳半

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