architect Naohiko ShimodaInterpretation of a Kamidana– a small altar or “god shelf” that is part of the tradition of bringing Shinto shrines into private rooms – differs from the simple protrusions most commonly found in Japanese homes. The wooden structure was designed with an intricate foundation and slatted roof, and lines an inner corner. It is installed high on the wall according to custom. The precise and detailed construction is built on a scale of 1: 1 and can be “viewed as architecture with unique proportions and beauty”.
The size of many Japanese houses today limits the placement of the miniature shrines, says Shimoda, which spurred the original on 2018 design This is similar in style but wrapped around an outside corner. “In contrast to other architectures, the kamidana is usually only represented in the front half of the building. It lets people imagine “something behind” that wasn’t shown, and (putting it up) in a corner makes it even more effective, ”he says.
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