−"Koushi" are an integral piece of all Kyomachiya townhouses.−
When it comes to the traditional “machiya”, the lattice patterns of the “koushi” windows are a trademark feature. Koshi windows are said to have been first devised during the Onin War (1467-1477) as a means of defense. Each store would have a unique lattice pattern, and some of the common designs included the “itoya-koushi” and the “sakaya-koushi”, which were specific to the string seller’s shop and sake brewery respectively. The windows are easy to see out of while opaque from outside.
There are many other ways in which Kyomachiya Luck You Bukkoji Higashimachi carries on the traditions of Kyomachiya design. Here, we’ll be introducing some of those characteristics.
The retractable “battari shogi” out front is only unfolded when in use.
The “inuyarai” are short-arched fences that create a partition between the building and the street while also protecting the walls from mud and dirt
Ajiro Tenjo (Wickerwork Ceiling)
The ajiro ceiling is made by weaving together strips of cedar
The “tokonoma” is a recessed space in Japanese rooms typically used to display seasonal flowers and kakejiku (tapestries).The “tsuridoko” is a simplified form of the the “tokonoma”.
Making use of the space underneath the stairway is also a machiya custom.
The “noren” we had specially made for us by the custom-order somemonya (dye craft shop) specialist “Shikisa”. The first thing that jumps out upon stepping through the noren and into the lobby is the large, nihonga (Japanese painting) which covers the face of an entire wall. This drawing is the work of an up-coming-artist named Yamaba Haruki, and the cheery painting is a lavish depiction of Japan’s flowers and Kyoto’s various festivals. We put a great deal of care into designing the interior so our guests have an immediate way to interact with Kyoto culture. Air conditioning is also provided in every room to ensure the comfort of your stay.