- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.