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If you are looking for
a wall to divide some home space in your home, Shoji is a possible solution
that is worth to be considered and at least curious to be known more about.
Shoji is a Japanese sliding panel traditionally used as an exterior door or
window. In the modern buildings, shoji are mainly used inside as it can not
withstand rain and natural elements. They are especially preferred for rooms of
Japanese style (washitsu). The divider gives delicate sleek appearance,
elegance and Oriental flair to a premise. Its dwellers can enjoy visual
privacy, translucence, and soft sunlight filtered by Shoji. There are Shoji
applications as sliding wall partitions, room dividers and accent pieces.
Besides the aesthetic
qualities and unique light filtering another fantastic side of shoji is it
functions as an efficient heat exchanger and ventilator. It warms the room by
trickling the air molecules by its heated microporous structure, and also lets
though the carbon dio/monoxides fly out. Shoji paper may also be used in Japan
to ventilate kitchens and bathrooms, and even for filtering-out tobacco smoke.
It is a unique advantage of shoji compared to the modern materials.
 The Westerner may
regard as downsides of shoji its lack of soundproofing, its delicacy, and the
need for regular maintenance. The thin shoji paper can be holed by a finger,
and the lattice can be broken, so the minor damages are repaired annually by
the Japanese. However, the latter do not mind it seeing there an opportunity to
express themselves through the motifs of the small patches used as holes
repairs. Moreover, shoji people go gracefully and touch gentle the sliding
doors. According to the Sukiya Living if you have a taste for aesthetics you
need more than practicality and endurance. They believe quality and maintenance
go hand by hand. And also, the job and expensive possessions are less important
than what you do with your things, how you keep your setting graceful, and your
life quality.
The Japanese people
are familiar with shoji culturally, i.e. regarding the materials, qualities,
texture, lattice motif, and colour. It is widely accepted as a part of the
Japan culture.
 The modern Shoji
craftsmen in the West may use blended rice paper or durable fiberglass panel to
reproduce the translucent quality and privacy of the original paper. Kiln dried
hardwood are used for the lattice, and brass track for sliding panels carriers.
An alternative to the fibreglass is clear acrylic, where there is some visual

The traditional Shoji contains a wooden lattice with translucent paper on the outer side, and railing
slots below and above the door. The original sliding doors can be removed from
the rails, which visually enlarges the room and opens it to the garden. As each
door differs from the others and interchange could make sliding harder, they
remember their exact position. While out of the railed, Shoji are kept in
adjacent room or hallway.
The paper
“washi” is traditional, and sometimes is called “rice
paper” although it is far from reality. Actually, they produce it from the
“kozo” fibers, a tree related to mulberry tree. The thinness and
fiber direction of the Shoji paper are carefully specified in order to filter
particular amount of sunlight and control transparency and reflection in the
right way. The result is soft eye-pleasant light evenly distributed throughout
the room. The white Shoji paper also reflects the indoor light at night, and helps
lightening the premise.
Shoji is a very
specific and culturally loaded room partition and wall divider, which is more
than just a product. It is culture and a lifestyle. Of course, if you like more
eclectic interior design styles, you could also find application to shoji at
your home. Mayfair domestic cleaning services can help you to
clean after the renovation.

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