May 7, 2017

Tea-House Shōkō-ken

Kōtō-in Daitoku-ji Temple, Kita-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
大徳寺高桐院(京都市北区紫野大徳寺町)

The late medieval sukiya (数寄屋) tea-house is recognised by scholars and architects as the precursor for the modern and contemporary Japanese architectural tradition. This form is also seen to have contributed significantly to aspects of Western architectural tradition. The daime style is possibly the most distinctively 'Japanese', enigmatic and oldest form located within the sukiya tradition. The work examines the Shōkō-ken (松向軒) tea-house, built in 1628, at the Kōtō-in (高桐院) temple in the precincts of Daitoku-ji (大徳寺) monastery in Kyōto. The Shōkō-ken is one of the few remaining extant constructions of its type dating from the medieval period and makes claims to the generic model developed by the great tea-master Sen no Rikyu (千利休). This study sets out to provide a means of evaluation of the unique yet highly significant form of architecture through the examination of the Shōkō-ken as an approach to discern difference and identity between this example and other examples of Sukiya tea-house architecture.

Amazon  Shōkō-ken: A Late Medieval Daime Sukiya Style Japanese Tea-House by Robin Noel Walker

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