Wood Identification of Basyo-ou Kokyo-zuka,“Hyochikuan” Designed by Kaichiro Usui and Comparison between Results and Description in the Old Document

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  • 笛吹嘉一郎作芭蕉翁故郷塚「瓢竹庵」の樹種識別ならびに古文献内記述との比較検討
  • フエフキカイチロウサク バショウオウ コキョウズカ 「 ヒョウチクアン 」 ノ ジュシュ シキベツ ナラビニ コ ブンケン ナイ キジュツ ト ノ ヒカク ケントウ

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<p>The Japanese tea room is thought to have been created by fusing elements of Japanese culture, Zen, the way of Yin Yang, and other original ideas, and is believed to embody Japanese culture most symbolically. In this research, materials used in a modern Japanese tea room, Basyo-ou Kokyo-zuka “Hyochikuan” located in Mie Prefecture, were studied. This tea room was designed by Kaichiro Usui (1898-1969), one of the important modern tea room designers in the tea ceremony school Omotesenke. Remarkably, an old document written by Kaichiro Usui that estimated wood materials planned to be used for this tea room has remained. The aim of this study is to identify the wood species in this tea room and to compare the results with the descriptions in the old document. Our identification revealed that, while the same wood species written in the old document were used for most items, some important ones were made by completely different species. Though the studied materials are limited, our results provide basic information about the architectural works and wood selection of Kaichiro Usui.</p>


  • Mokuzai Gakkaishi

    Mokuzai Gakkaishi 65 (2), 110-116, 2019-04-25

    The Japan Wood Research Society


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