The Japanese Home
Introducing unique architectural features and designs
influenced by Japanese culture.
Japanese Fireplace “Irori” – Vol.3
August 2. 2021
“Irori” in Japanese literately means a fireplace surround by people.
The Irori has a long history of being the center of Japanese daily life, with the prototype of it being created during the Jomon periods (between c. 14,000–300 BCE).
With this final episode, we introduce some of Irori projects as well as Ash Patterns.
Vol.3 – Variety of Irori and Art of Ash Patterns Drawing
As the way of living is modernized, the style of Irori also has changed over the years.
Various types of Irori are available on the market, even you see an Irori that you can set chairs around.
I am sure you can find a perfect Irori that suits your lifestyle, taste, or purpose of use.
Later, I will introduce “Ash patterns” which is a similar concept as sand patterns in Zen gardens.
Modern Japanese Style
This Irori is embedded in the floor and looks good in Japanese-style architecture.
Tamo wood painted in a deep color is used for the frame and the lid, that matches the rest of the interior design.
Tamo wood is a hardwood which also used in high-end furniture, baseball bats. It is scratch-resistant material and has little deviation.
Since it has a lid, no need to worry that the ash scatters on the floor and gets dirty.
In the off-season, you can place a table on to use the space functionally.
Next, I would like to introduce Two-way functional Irori.
This Irori is movable and you can use it as step-down seating called Horigotatsu in Japanese.
If you remove the legs of the table, the top plate of the table fits the floor, and you can also enjoy the traditional Irori Kamachi style.
Great look! Irori in Tatami mats room
A tatami mat is a symbol of Japanese-style houses.
If the Irori is placed in the center of the tatami-matted room, the tatami mats are placed around the Irori, and the tatami mat layout gives beautiful patterns.
Art of Ash Patterns Drawing
“Ash pattern (Ash leveling)” is a technique to enjoy the Irori further. Drawing patterns on ashes is a unique Japanese culture.
To draw patterns on ashes requires special skill, and it looks like a Zen garden in a small Irori space.
Nowadays to draw ash patterns is not common. In some of old historic Irori, you see ash patterns and it is an old custom of keeping the sacred fire source clean, drawing beautiful patterns, and welcoming guests.
The basics of patterns are straight lines, curves, and wavy patterns, however, the types of patterns are unlimited.
Drawing complicated patterns is not easy, however, it can be a good hobby to spend time with. It will please your families and guests.
Ash pattern is not a well-known culture even among Japanese people.
However, this is perfect domestic artwork for people who looking for spiritual mindfulness, slow life, and healing.
Also, it is just beautiful and I hope many people find the beauty of “Art of Ash Patterns Drawing”.
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