Although the traditional Japanese house has an intricate design, each item in the house is arranged with its own role.
Traditional Japanese house is one of the typical cultural features in this country. With its own secrets, the people of the land of the rising sun have created a house that is both simple and neat, in which, no objects are abundant.
1. The house with immense gaps
The main house in a Japanese house is often empty. They do not leave anything on the floor but only tatami mats – the traditional sedge mat which is the soul of every Japanese house. Japanese people often use tatami mats as a unit to measure a room. A basic, standard room must cover 6 tatami mats.
Other furniture in the room is usually low wooden tables, cushions, cabinets (with the same color as the wall) and some thin cotton rugs. These items are all located in a certain location, creating a neat and easy-to-clean feeling. When entering a traditional Japanese house, you will find that space, however small, is suddenly expanded.
2. The house is always a unity
Traditional Japanese houses often use lightweight sliding panels called fusuma as things to replace doors and walls. Fusuma is usually made of bamboo sticks or rice paper, which can move smoothly, helping Japanese people easily change the structure of their houses at any time.
The Japanese can turn a room into two rooms, preventing the room to use a more multifunctional room. For example, they can turn a living room into a bedroom with only a fusuma sheet. However, the bathroom and toilet are located in 2 different rooms. One side has a washbasin and a shower, and the other contains ofuro – a traditional bath. Do you know why Japanese people have such a strange intention? Dirt will be washed away in the shower room, and the room ofuro is reserved for relaxation. Besides, the Japanese also have rules for bathing. What a strange and interesting country.
3. Bring nature to the house
Traditional houses are often indispensable in the appearance of a small garden. Just open the shoji slide and you get your whole room mixed in with nature. When the weather is clear and warm, the shoji is always open.
Besides, Japanese houses always prefer natural materials such as bamboo, wood, coated paper or cotton… They are cheaper than industrial materials such as iron or stone, creating a sense of security for people. especially with the country that suffers frequent earthquakes like Japan. With this natural house, the Japanese can easily rebuild it from the rubble. Most importantly, they believed that stone bricks would bury people, and wood and paper would not.