The Making of Chashitsu, Day 1

p3Today we started on the Tea-room. First order of business was to make a platform onto which the tatami can be placed. This has two purposed. Mainly allow for a sunken RO. In the image you might see two small squares, this is where the RO will go. So I will be able to do both regular and gyakugatte. The second purpose of the raised floor is to reduce the hight of the ceiling to proximately 185cm. This leaves me the choice of either just keep it at 185cm or reduce it further by adding some nice wood to cover up the white concrete ceiling.

It doesn’t look like that much work, but it took the two of us the better part of a day. Tomorrow we will continue and do the same thing for the mizuya. I hope that we will be able to start putting down the wooden floor tomorrow too, but after today I’m not certain.

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