Johnan Shoin. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1958. Hardcover. 129 pages; Former owner's name on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in original raw silk binding in dust jacket (edgeworn, chipping w/ loss at spine ends and corners). Text in Japanese with English translations. Tokonoma, also referred to simply as toko, is a Japanese term generally referring to a built-in recessed space (alcove) in a Japanese style reception room, in which items for artistic appreciation are displayed. The items usually displayed in a tokonoma are calligraphic or pictorial scrolls and an arrangement of flowers. Bonsai and okimono are also often displayed there as well. The tokonoma and its contents are essential elements of traditional Japanese interior decoration. When seating guests in a Japanese-style room, the correct etiquette is to seat the most important guest with his or her back facing the tokonoma. This is because of modesty; the host should not be seen to show off the contents of the tokonoma to the guest, and thus it is necessary not to point the guest towards the tokonoma. Stepping within a tokonoma is strictly forbidden. The pillar on one side of the tokonoma is usually made of a raw trunk of wood. . (Inventory #: 40248)
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