Renewing the Shoji Sliding Doors

December 24th, 2010 by
Category: Culture Art, Information, Miscellaneous, Seasonal Topics
freezing Yatsugatake Mt Range
freezing Yatsugatake Mt Range

 

In this time of the year, when we village women ask each other, “Have you finished what you have to do?”, it always means O-soji, literally a big cleaning of the house.

And this big house cleaning means either polishing all the windows in and out, or changing the paper for all the shoji sliding doors.

Shoji sliding doors are the kind used inside a  Japanese style house to divide one large room into some separate cubicles,or just used right inside glass sliding doors to make the room look like Japanese. ( It certainly serves to make the room temperature warm at night.)

You can see them sliding in the front page of our Nagano Tourism HP; http://www.go-nagano.net/

I scheduled my household’s paper changing task to be yesterday and today.

from outside the Obachan's room

from outside the Obachan's room

 See, I last changed the paper two years ago, and there are some holes on the door.

Whenever a hole opens on the door, we fix it by patching paper. You can see the patches, can you?

 

 

First I took off the doors from the sill.

 

 

soak the frame through the paper with water

soak the frame through the paper with water

 

Then soak a washing cloth with plenty of water and rub the frame from outside of shoji.( ie. through the paper)

By soaking the paper with water, it can easily be peeled away from the frame,because the glue which attaches the paper onto the frame is a wheat+water material.

 

 

 

the picture is taken from the sideway, so please cock your head to the left and see it

the picture is taken from the sideway, so please cock your head to the left and see it

 

Peel the paper cautiously so there will be none or very little remains of paper crumbles on the frame.
(Or if you have small children, and you want to make them help some household chores in joy, you can make them punch the paper to their hearts’ content and tear away from the frame.
Just that you will have to scrub off the remained paper bits from the wooden frame.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
naked wooden frame of shoji doors

naked wooden frame of shoji doors

lay the frame and adjust paper

lay the frame and adjust paper

 
 
I had bought 6 rolls of shoji paper from a DIY shop. 
You have to adjust the paper before brushing on the glue to the frame, making sure the paper goes straight to the boottom.           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
paste glue onto the frame using a specified brush

paste glue onto the frame using a specified brush

    
You have to be careful not to step on the frame. It can easily be broken!       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
cimg1243 Spread the sheet of paper onto the glued frame.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
put the doors back in the sill

put the doors back in the sill

Well done! One roomful of shoji.
 Four more to go, including one room upstairs.    
a picture I intend to use for our New Year's greeting card
a picture I intend to use for our New Year’s greeting card

       Newly papered Shoji doors are safely in place by the evening and we took pictures for our New Year’s greeting card.

 
You see other paper made sliding doors behind us? they are another kind called Fusuma.
 
Fusuma doors are a bit too difficult for ordinary person like me to renew.
So we ask a pro to do the work, maybe once in 10 years or so.

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