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Japanese-style rooms began around Nara period in appreciation of ○○

Recently, more homes seem to feature Western-style floors, and many of them lack Japanese-style rooms altogether.

Personally, I love taking naps on a Zabuton mat over a Tatami floor made with rush plant.
Though I do miss sleeping on a bed at times…

Here, we look at a unique, traditional Japanese-style room.


The history and characteristics of Japanese-style rooms

Japanese-style rooms are said to have originated around Nara period to incorporate Buddhist idealogy into the design of the room.
Japanese-style rooms can be seen in Shoinzukuri.
Since then, it has continued to this day.
There are many homes in the latest styles that feature Japanese-style rooms.

This is an amazing feat in a global scale.
The remarkable advancement in automation technologies have lead to modernization in homes, but Japanese-style rooms still maintain their value to be desired in people’s homes.

What’s so great about them?
There are so many great things about Japanese-style rooms.
Too many to name…

First, it allows you to connect with nature.
In Japan, people take off their shoes inside of their homes. This is an uncommon practice in this world. One of the reasons could be the amazing feeling of being in direct contact with a natural material.

You can only experience this by being exposed to the Japanese culture.
Additionally, there is the benefit of functionality in Japanese-style rooms.
Japanese-rooms feature ”Fusuma” as a room divider.

”Fusuma” can easily be removed.
Therefore, Fusuma can be easily removed to connect rooms, to create a larger space for gatherings.
If you have Futon, the room can easily be turned into a sleeping room.

It can be converted in a tea room, when you have guests.
Japanese-style rooms are extremely versatile.

Japanese-style rooms are superior in terms of physical conditions, such as temperature and humidity.
Japanese-rooms have well-organized design, spaciousness, and good ventilation through Shoji doors.
In the summer time, these factors help keep the rooms cool.

Walls made of mud, often found in Japanese-style rooms, release moisture, when it gets dry during colder seasons.
This helps maintain humidity at a suitable level.
A Japanese-style room is almost like having a natural dehumidifier, air conditioner, and humidifier
The greatest feature of a Japanese-style room is its openness.

This seems to shock the foreigners the most.
Homes in other countries are said to feel a lot more closed, compared to Japanese-style rooms.
Japanese-style rooms often feature paper and wood, thus they have warm colors.

It is true that the walls of Japanese-style rooms are thin, and transmit sound easily, however, foreigners don’t seem to mind that too much.


There are so many positive features in Japanese-style rooms.

Japanese-style rooms have amazing features, in terms of its functionality and build, and many people swear that it is the most comfortable room design in the world.
Even amid a technological advancement, which has lead to modernization in homes, Japanese-style rooms still maintain their value to be desired in people’s homes.

We hope this article has helped you learn a bit more about Japanese-style rooms.
We hope you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy Japanese-style rooms in the future.

That’s all for today.

Otsukaresama deshita.