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  • Robert W. Kramer


Type of Japanese door, constructed of translucent, paper-covered latticework. Like the tatami (floor mat) and the Fusuma (sliding door or panel), the shōji is one of the characteristic elements of the traditional Japanese residence. Such doors permit light to enter rooms that are far from exterior walls and give a degree of privacy to activities inside. In the humid climate of Japan, the paper with which the lattice is covered (formerly handmade ...

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Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, 9 vols (Tokyo and New York, 1983), suppl. (Tokyo and New York, 1986)