Japanese architectural terms

Choose one of the words below and explain what it is until your partner guesses which one you are talking about. Can they think of an easier way to explain what that thing is?

Tatami

Tokonoma

Washlette

Shouji

Fusuma

Byoubu

Chabudai

Unit bath

Oshiire

Futon

Kotatsu

Getabako

Zabuton

Tansu

Kamidana

Butsudan

Amado

Torii

Shichirin

Ikebana

 

Genkan

Washitsu

Youshitsu

Jou (size of room)

Doma

 

Kura

Machiya

Nagaya

Minka

Sentou

Apaato

Manshon

Heights

Yashiki

Ryokan/ Minshuku

Honkan – Bekkan

Koban

 

Kenpeiritsu

Reikin

Hoshounin

Useful language

Made of bamboo/ reeds/ straw/ earth/ pottery

Used to../ for…

Similar to…/ Like…

You slide/ fold/ store it.

Square/ rectangle/ triangle/ oval/ circle

Big/ little/ medium-sized

Traditional/ New/ Modern/ Old-fashioned

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