Kanji: 屋. Radical: 尸. Number of strokes: 9. Meaning: “ roof”. Pronunciation: オク、やoku, ya.

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Shirakawa-go 白川郷and Gokayama 五箇山
Traditional Japanese villages
In Gifu and Toyama Prefectures

Cultivation of mulberry trees
And rearing of silkworms

Known for their building style
Named gasshō-zukuri 合掌造り
UNESCO world heritage site 1995
Steeply pitched thatched roofs
Only examples of their kind in Japan


In Amazon rainforest (Venezuela, Brazil), the Yanomami people live under the roof of shabonos. (Yanomami lg)

Dans la forêt amazonienne (Venezuela, Brésil), les Yanomami vivent sous le toit des shabonos.

What is a piece of furniture? How to define it? From a bench on a village square to the service of a bourgeois dining room, from the comfort of a heated kotatsu to the relaxation of a rocking chair, how did furniture take its place in homes? How have they been renewed through the ages? Who made it? With what materials? What about modernity? ... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce qu’un meuble ? Comment le définir ? Du banc posé sur la place d’un village à la desserte d’une salle-à-manger bourgeoise, du confort d’un kotatsu chauffant à la détente d’un rocking chair, comment les meubles ont-ils pris toute leur place dans les logements ? Comment se sont-ils renouvelés à travers les âges ? Qui en a assuré la fabrication ? Avec quels matériaux ? Qu’en est-il de la modernité ? ... (à compléter)

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