This is the Osaka home of my friends Julie and Charlie Pierce, it's their holiday house, they spend Spring and Autumn in Japan.
The house is in a quiet suburban - with an industrial edge - part of Osaka. One of several small terrace style houses. Julie and Charlie have kept the home as traditional Japanese home. Japanese homes are very small so the interior style is minimalist but with wonderful elements.
The entry is called a Genkan, this is area greets visitors and is a place where shoes are replaced for slippers. The floors are covered in Tatami mats. The walls are sliding doors or screens called Shoji, either made of translucent paper or glass panels within a wooden grid.
The house has a couple of Tokonoma, these alter like areas are not tied to any religion Simply put, the Tokonoma is a raised alcove providing a very special space, in which important items are displayed, such as ikebana, bonsai, a favored piece of pottery, or an artistic or calligraphic scroll. However, the piece showcased in the tokonoma is not fixed through time. The art displayed in the raised alcove is often changed, perhaps as regularly as the seasons.
Another wonderful element in Julie and Charlie's home in Osaka is the temperature controlled soaking tub.
There is something wonderfully calming about these interiors, everything has a reason and place ... It feels, dare I say very zen!
Coming up where Julie found a lot of the treasures in the house ...
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