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'Fusuma' Sliding Doors - Machiya House Features

Red fusuma sliding doors in our Kyo-machiya (Kyoto-style machiya house).


The history of fusuma (sliding doors) dates back to the Heian period (794-1185). During this period, traditional futon beddings were once called “fusuma” and bedrooms called “fusuma-dokoro”. As these partitions were most often used in these bedrooms, the sliding doors soon came to be called “fusuma.”

The fusuma is a combination of thick Japanese karakami paper and wooden fittings. In addition to functioning as a room partition and regulating a room’s temperature, the fusuma is also a space to showcase art. As beautiful hand-drawn designs and patterns were often featured on the fusuma, they quickly spread in popularity amongst the aristocrats.

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