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tokonoma

Tokonoma (床の間 とこのま)

Tokonoma, a kind of decorative alcove in a Japanese‐style room, normally has such features as raised flooring, one to three hanging scrolls called kakejiku or kakemono on the back wall, and a flower arrangement on the floor.

Rooms with tokonoma are not often seen now. Tokonoma is a magnificent room in a Japanese-style room, so it is sometimes used when you meet guests. If you stay at a high-class Japanese inn, you will have an opportunity to see Japanese-style rooms of this style.