17151Re: Re: Question for the list
- Dec 2, 2004
>Toshio Odate defines shoji as Japanese sliding doors and screens.
> From: Solveig <nostrand@...> Noble Cousin! Greetings from Solveig!
>The first problem is your identification of shoji with screens. Although
>there are North American screens which resemble shoji, shoji are really
>prototypical sliding glass doors. They are not screens.
Screens can be used to block vision as well as keep out bugs. He has
examples of freestanding shoji in his book, which he calls shoji. Of
course some have more specific names like naninani~shoji but shoji seems
to be the generic name for the panel and not what its function is. For
example, kakeshoji means hanging screen and is not any kind of door.
>They slide in tracks. One of the simplest ways of making them is to create the woodenI don't know if simple is a good description of this process, your
>framework which is a sort of chineese puzzle lattice and glue the paper.
>to one size.
probably more skilled at woodcraft than I am.
>Originally, the "handles" were simply framed in boxes. ModernIn the book, Odate-sensei shows a fair number of types of screens, none
>shoji in Japan typically have mass produced inset handles.
have inset handles or framed in boxes of any kind, they do have paper
handles. This may be a modern addition.
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