Saturday, April 05, 2008

Shoji, thin paper on the window, at Koto-in Daitokuji Temple, in Kyoto

Shoji, thin paper on the window, at Koto-in Daitokuji Temple, in Kyoto
This is Shoji, thin paper tightened on the flame of the window in an old fashion. In those days we had no technique to make a big thin paper (or no money to afford to buy a large and expensive thin paper) to cover the whole frame, so some pieces of small papers covered the frames. The joints was usually just on the smaller frame inside not to be eye-catching. But this paper is tightened to show up the joints deliberately. The manner is, now, used only for the window of rooms for tea ceremony to add the certain modest rhythm to a tiny and tranquil space.

Joints make rhythm. The way of thinking goes well with modern architecture, such as the rhythmical facade of Couvent de la Tourette in France, designed by Le Corbusier and a talented Greek musician, Iannis Xenakis.

By the way, today's post is 600th on this blog! As I write before, I will stop this blog when the post reaches 1000. I would be very happy if the blog conveys the beauty of Kyoto to anyone who never go there.


At 4/09/2008 9:44 PM, Blogger Murphy_jay said...

Hi Tadamine, thanks for sharing all the lovely photos of Kyoto.

I will certainly go to Kyoto in future.

Hope you won't stop at the 1000th post though :)

At 4/13/2008 3:43 AM, Blogger Ann (MobayDP) said...

wow!! 600 posts! Congrats on that Macky. I will be sad to see when you stop at 1000 posts. I love your blogs so very much. But I do understand that it is hard work to maintain them.

At 4/14/2008 9:16 AM, Blogger The D in D & T said...

your blog conveys breathtaking beauty, really.


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