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Shoji 2

This is the second type of shoji I explain in detail in the book. The design is very much a shoin-shōji style. This is a kasumi-gumi shoji with a hip-board. Shoji with a hip-board are called “koshi-tsuki shōji”. The hip-board is called “koshi-ita”.

kasumi shoji

The joinery in this shoji is different from the first. Instead of the
jaguchi joint extension, the top rail tapers from the top. This way, rebates are only required on the stiles. This type of top rail is called a nageshi-zan. It’s a quick and stylish way of fitting the shoji in the top grooves, but it certainly doesn’t convey the same feeling of quality compared to the rail and rebate I normally use (this type of rail is called a maru-zan).


The next and final shoji for the book will have quite a few miters, and a couple of floral kumiko patterns.

Shoji 1 for book

Somewhere off in the distance I can just make out a light at the end of the tunnel.

In the book I give detailed instructions on making three shoji. This is the first. It’s the basic
mizugoshi structure with the standard pattern of three vertical and five horizontal kumiko. This pattern forms the foundation for all other vertical-horizontal lattice patterns, and is called aragumi-shōji (or arama-shōji).


The book goes into considerable detail on all aspects of making this shoji, from calculation of measurements and intervals, to an installation sequence for efficient alignment with minimal cuts. It also includes the special join between the rails and stiles, known as a
jaguchi. This extension gives a feeling of class to the shoji.


All kumiko joinery and the jaguchi extension are cut by hand, and the book covers the skills required in detail and lists a series of exercises that will hone the necessary techniques. The next shoji in the book will be a kasumi (mist) pattern with a hip-board and different rail and stile joinery to expand the range of options available when making shoji.