29 Apr 2011

Shoin (書院?) means "drawing room" and "study" in Japanese domestic architecture.
 The term originally meant a study and a place for lectures on the sūtra within a temple, but later it came to mean just a drawing room or study.
 From this room takes its name the shoin-zukuri style.
In a shoin-zukuri building, the shoin is the zashiki, a tatami-room dedicated to the reception of guests.

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