Saturday, October 21, 2006

Sudare: Barred lattice of bamboo

Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
This is called Sudare, barred lattice of bamboo, and used in a traditional house in Kyoto. This is just like a blind and has three purposes.

First, this can shut out the ray of sunlight into a house but allow the breeze into it. Kyoto is rather helpful in the hot and humid season.

Secondly, this can also shut out the eyes from the outside. Hanging on it at the opening, people outside cannot see anything inside because the outside is brighter than the inside.

Thirdly, this can hide unnecessary scenery outside from people doing tea ceremony inside. While doing tea ceremony, people can enjoy the scenery within this kind of opening as a picture. Hosts hang on this to hide some disharmony elements outside aesthetically.

In this way, this is very friendly to Kyoto's life.
Location by Google Map


At 10/21/2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Zsolt72 said...

looking at this photo I wonder what is the climate of Kyoto? Is there winter too? Snow? Or like in a tropical country dry and rainy seasons only?

At 10/21/2006 3:18 PM, Blogger Jing said...

Um..sounds a great place to live!
I remembered that the famous Chinese architect "Liang Si-Cheng" once gave very high praise for those old and great buildings in Kyoto and Nara.
I think those wonderful buildings are really the treasure for us all!

btw, I am very interested in the Japanese tea ceremony. :) different from Chinese style...only know less about them.

have a nice weekend there

At 10/21/2006 8:51 PM, Blogger macky said...

Thanks for your comments:-)

Kyoto is hot and humid in summer and cold in winter. It has a few snows in a year. Its climate is a little similar with that in NYC. Sudare is helpful in summer, but it is also used in winter for avoiding the eyes from outside. This kind of blind is used in other counties in Asia, I'd think.

Sorry for my ignorance and I don't know the architect though I was majoring in architecture....
I have seen the way of making a tea in Chinese way on TV. It is very interesting to use very tiny cup for enjoying Chinese tea. Is the way common among people in China?

At 10/21/2006 11:39 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Fascinating info there....I soo want to visit Kyoto!

At 10/24/2006 11:15 PM, Blogger macky said...

sally: thank you. By the way, I wish I could see the Ayers Rock some day:-)


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