tsuridana 釣棚
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
A general term for hanging shelves or shelves suspended from the ceiling by a stick or a piece of bamboo, especially, used in a tea ceremony room. Such shelves are hung either above the host's mat, temaeza 点前座, against or very close to the sleeve wall *sodekabe 袖壁, and the middle post *nakabashira 中柱, or hung above the sink in the service kitchen *mizuya 水屋. Shelves hung above the hosts's mat are common when the firebox is placed inside the guest's mat, which is smaller than regular size and called *daimegiri 台目切. There are several other arrangements of hanging shelves: a single shelf *ichijuudana 一重棚; a double set of shelves *nijuudana 二重棚; triple shelves *sanjuudana 三重棚; and corner shelves sumidana 隅棚. Planks of Japanese cedar, paulownia, or cypress are the most common materials used. A green bamboo pole, often suspended from a lowered ceiling *ochitenjou 落天井, is attached to an outer corner or corners if shelves are the same size. It is customary to replace the bamboo pole annually. One or two sides of the shelves fit against the wall. Sometimes one edge of a lower shelf sits on a base board that finishes the under part of the sleeve wall, which is open from this point to the floor.


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