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KANTO

“Sukiya Carpenter: The Creator of Beauty”

GALLERY A4

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Despite the recently rekindled popularity of traditional Japanese architecture, many admirers are not fully aware of the wa, the key to harmonious Japanese design, behind their structures. Sukiya is a residential architecture style that incorporates the refined aesthetics of the Japanese tea house and tea ceremony.

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view the work processes of sukiya carpenters. There are life-size model tea houses on display with explanations of the professional techniques and tools needed to create such constructions. Also on the show are interiors produced by the carpenters, such as tatami and furniture fittings; till Sept. 29.

Gallery A4; (03) 6660-6011; Takenaka Komuten Tokyo Office 1F, 1-1-1, Shinsuna, Koto-ku, Tokyo; Toyocho Station, Tozai Line. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., (Sep 29 till 5:00 p.m.). Free admission. Closed Sun and holidays. www.dougukan.jp/sukiya.