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'Enso' Caligraphy Painting – Machiya House Features

There is a calligraphy painting of an ‘enso’ (a circular shape drawn with a single stroke, with no starting point or ending point) in the Japanese tatami room of this machiya house in Kyoto.

In Zen Buddhism, enso can represent enlightenment or the universe, but it can be interpreted however the viewer chooses, too. That is why sometimes, it is said to be a “reflection of the heart”.

By the way, this calligraphy was painted using ‘sumi’ ink, which is made of natural materials (soot, animal glue, perfume). Sumi ink was invented in China about 2,200 years ago, but in Japan, sumi ink production methods were introduced during the Asuka period (710-794). One benefit of using sumi ink is that it does not fade easily – even after thousands of years.


Rent out this entire Japanese holiday house during your next stay in Japan, and admire the traditions of Japan that have been passed down through generation to generation in ‘Kakishibu-an’ Machiya House.

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    ‘Kakishibu-an’ Machiya House is located in downtown Shijo-Kawaramachi district, near Nishiki Market & Gion.
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    While enjoying the calligraphy art, you can also enjoy your own private tsuboniwa garden while staying in Kakishibu-an.
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    This private machiya holiday house can accommodate up to 5 guests, and is perfect for couples, and groups of families & friends who wish to experience the charm of an authentic machiya together.
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    Surround yourself in hinoki wood in the luxurious bathroom in this Japanese machiya holiday house.
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    The open and airy western style bedroom on the second floor is perfect to relax in after a day of sightseeing in Kyoto City, Japan.
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    Delicate woodwork, art and other refined design details can be found throughout this renovated traditional Japanese machiya accommodation.

Stay in a traditional Japanese townhouse (machiya) during your next visit to Kyoto, Japan.
Rent a private machiya holiday house – perfect as a short term or long term vacation rental.

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