Japanese Dining Room

Japanese Dining Room

Traditional Japanese houses can be small, and the dining room frequently has to serve other purposes, sometimes even doubling as a bedroom. Sparseness of design serves flexibility, and it appeals to the Japanese predilection for minimalism. Bright walls, clutter or busy furniture won’t do in a Japanese-style dining room. Instead, the room should have more space than content, and whatever decor you include should broaden the sense of space by appealing to natural aesthetics.
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Japanese Dining Room

Furnishings You usually won’t find much else in a Japanese dining room besides the table. Standard chairs are only necessary if it is dinner-table height — you can arrange pillows or legless chairs around a low Japanese-style table. The table should be made of wood, have simple, straight lines and ideally have a black or orange lacquer finish. Matching chairs increase the feeling of simplicity, as do simple Japanese pillows, called zabuton. One or two standing or hanging lamps with shades made from the Japanese paper known as washi or from some other natural material can complement the simple setting.
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Japanese Dining Room

You usually won’t find much else in a Japanese dining room besides the table. Standard chairs are only necessary if it is dinner-table height — you can arrange pillows or legless chairs around a low Japanese-style table. The table should be made of wood, have simple, straight lines and ideally have a black or orange lacquer finish. Matching chairs increase the feeling of simplicity, as do simple Japanese pillows, called zabuton. One or two standing or hanging lamps with shades made from the Japanese paper known as washi or from some other natural material can complement the simple setting.
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Japanese Dining Room

In the past, almost all Japanese rooms were washitsu, and Japanese people slept on futons laid on the tatami and sat directly on the tatami or on zabutons set on the tatami. Nowadays, many Japanese houses have only one washitsu, which is sometimes used for entertaining guests, and most rooms are Western-style. Many new construction Japanese apartments do not have washitsu at all, instead using linoleum or hardwood floors.
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Space and Light Shoji sliding doors usually define the space in a Japanese dining room, and you can simulate them by strategically placing one or two folding shoji screens. Their prime function is to separate the dining space from the rest of the house, but they impart a cultural signature because they are so typically Japanese. If the windows open to a natural setting, you should keep them uncovered. You can obscure a view that isn’t worth keeping, however, with more translucent paper screens that allow daylight into the room, and you can iIlluminate those screens from behind for atmospheric night lighting.
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Shoji sliding doors usually define the space in a Japanese dining room, and you can simulate them by strategically placing one or two folding shoji screens. Their prime function is to separate the dining space from the rest of the house, but they impart a cultural signature because they are so typically Japanese. If the windows open to a natural setting, you should keep them uncovered. You can obscure a view that isn’t worth keeping, however, with more translucent paper screens that allow daylight into the room, and you can iIlluminate those screens from behind for atmospheric night lighting.
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Washitsu (和室?), meaning “Japanese-style room(s)”, is a Japanese term used to describe a room in a house or apartment that has traditional tatami flooring. Washitsu also usually have sliding doors (fusuma), rather than hinged doors between rooms. They may have shōji and, if the particular room is meant to serve as a reception room for guests, it may have a tokonoma (alcove for decorative items).
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Decor In a traditional Japanese house, the focus of the dining room is usually the tokonoma, which is an alcove that contains an altar-like arrangement of flowers on a simple table. The flowers should be fresh and in season. A few tasteful wall hangings help provide visual interest by complementing the arrangement without competing with it for attention. Hangings that work well in the dining room often depict natural scenes, such as mountainous landscapes or birds. Stylistic renderings of Chinese characters can give the room a Zen touch, particularly if the characters are simple and meaningful.
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In a traditional Japanese house, the focus of the dining room is usually the tokonoma, which is an alcove that contains an altar-like arrangement of flowers on a simple table. The flowers should be fresh and in season. A few tasteful wall hangings help provide visual interest by complementing the arrangement without competing with it for attention. Hangings that work well in the dining room often depict natural scenes, such as mountainous landscapes or birds. Stylistic renderings of Chinese characters can give the room a Zen touch, particularly if the characters are simple and meaningful.
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The general rule of thumb when deciding what size fixture is right for your room is to take the dimensions of the room in feet, add them together and buy a chandelier that many inches in diameter. A 12-by-15 room, for example, would need a 27-inch fixture. If you’re going to break that rule, the dining room is the place to do it. Because the lighting is usually the main focal point of the dining room, a larger chandelier makes a nice statement.
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A gorgeous, double-height tansu looks as if it were built for this room’s design. It acts as a sideboard to the dining area, and the storage possibilities are endless. Three simple pendants hang over the dining table, adding to the minimalist Japanese aesthetic.
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The fusion of traditional woodblock printing and Western art led to the creation of Manga, a comic book format that is now popular within and outside Japan. Manga-influenced animation for television and film is called anime. Japanese-made video game consoles have been popular since the 1980s. Also, you can also check the for more Japanese spaces for rather similar spaces that we were able to collect.
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Walls and Floor Deep, earth greens and browns allow the walls to blend subtly with the typical tatami mat floor you find in most Japanese dining rooms, but you may choose to attract attention to one particular wall by highlighting it with an ochre or rust finish. Real tatami mats aren’t a good fit in a Western environment, but you can purchase roll-out straw mats that convey the same visual impression. If the mat doesn’t cover the entire area, it blends well with a dark hardwood or carbonized bamboo floor that has a minimal amount of visible grain to catch the eye.
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Deep, earth greens and browns allow the walls to blend subtly with the typical tatami mat floor you find in most Japanese dining rooms, but you may choose to attract attention to one particular wall by highlighting it with an ochre or rust finish. Real tatami mats aren’t a good fit in a Western environment, but you can purchase roll-out straw mats that convey the same visual impression. If the mat doesn’t cover the entire area, it blends well with a dark hardwood or carbonized bamboo floor that has a minimal amount of visible grain to catch the eye.
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When a fabulous library shares space with a previously underused dining room, guests will be inspired to take a fresh look at their own underused spaces. Dining rooms and formal parlors can be lonely rooms, but they can come alive again when filled with amazing books.
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The furniture in a washitsu may include a low table at which a family may eat dinner or entertain guests, while sitting on zabuton or a low chair intended for use on tatami. A kotatsu, which is a particular type of low table that contains a heating element used in the wintertime, may also be provided; this is particularly important as most Japanese homes do not have central heating.
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When installing an oversized mirror, be mindful of what it will reflect. In this dining room, the mirror shows a lovely reflection of not only the crystal chandelier, but also of a painting and a winding staircase in the foyer.
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Among the Asian cultures there is, we see Japan’s culture as one of those that is rich and interesting and is still practiced until now. We see that they still love the use of furniture and design that we see in old movies that show us how it used to look in their country. Today, we can see the usual dining room set ups they have in their regular home and at some point, in the homes of the powerful people in their country. Check out the pictures we have prepared for you guys!
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The size of a washitsu is measured by the number of tatami mats, using the counter word jō (畳). Typical sizes are six or eight tatami mats in a private home. There are also half-sized mats, as in a 4.5 tatami room.