Glossary Of Kumiko and Shoji Terms

This is certainly not a complete list of kumiko or shoji terms. It is a list of terms you can refer to when you are starting in kumiko.

Asanoha Very common and wide used kumiko pattern of a hemp leaf that is seen in kumiko as a square or hexagonal pattern.

Dozuki Very fine Japanese pull saw with a strong back to provide stiffness to the blade. This saw is used in the cutting of kumiko.

Fundo A kumiko pattern, based on the fundo a weight used to weigh gold, used as a symbol of wealth.

Futae kaku-tsunagi  A kumiko pattern that can be a feature or used as a border, Futae meaning “double”, kaku is many case means 90 degree angle, tsunagi meaning to connect or join.

Genno Is a Japanese hammer.

Goma Kumiko pattern sometimes referred to as the opening of a sesame seed, favored by restaurants as it augurs well for the health and longevity of their customers.

Hake Is a generic term meaning brush.

Hatagane Clamps

HinokiIzutsu-tsunagi A kumiko pattern with Izutu meaning a well curb, parallel supporting structure around a well.

Jigumi A structure that houses an intricate kumiko patterns.

Kagome A kumiko pattern taken from the weave of baskets used to ward off evil.

Kakuasa A kumiko pattern, square hemp leaf within a square, used to ward off evil spirits.

Kanna Japanese hand pull plane.

KaraKami Intricately patterned paper imported from China during the Heian Period.

Kasumi-gumi shoji A kumiko pattern in which thinner kumiko are used to convey the effect of mist enveloping the shoji.

Kebiki Generic term for a Japanese marking gauge.

Kiri-kaeshi A kumiko pattern in which kumiko are joined in weave pattern.

Kozu An intricate kumiko pattern consisting of many miter joints.

Kumiko Thin pieces of wood used to make kumiko patterns.

Masugami-shoji A kumiko pattern in which the kumiko form squares.

Mikomi The side of the kumiko.

Mistuke Front of the the kumiko.

Mitsu-kude A kumiko pattern based on the triangle.

Osae-mizo A groove in the side of kumiko.

Rindo A kumiko pattern that expresses the virtues of love, sincerity, justice and tolerance.

Ryoba Japanese pull saw with teeth on both top and bottom edges, one side for ripping and one side for cross cuts.

Sakura A kumiko pattern Known as the cherry blossom, with the wish for a good harvest and prosperity.

Sanju-bishi A kumiko pattern, diamonds arranged in three tiers, a wish for prosperity, health and long life for our descendants.

Sayagata A kumiko pattern meaning unbroken continuity that represents a wish for household prosperity and longevity.

Seikai-ha A kumiko pattern meaning ever lasting waves, hope for a happy and long lasting life.

Shippo A kumiko pattern meaning the seven treasures, considered an auspicious design.

Shokko A kumiko pattern based on an octagon and taken from brocade woven in the Shu Dynasty of China.

Shoji Means to block out light and is used to describe doors, window coverings, sliding doors, screens.

Tategu Generic term covering all internal and external windows and doors.

Tateguya Craftsmen or business that makes and installs Tategu.

Tsumi-isi Kikko A kumiko pattern, hexagonal, based on the turtle shell.

Wari-bishi A kumiko pattern, diamond shaped resembling the water chestnut.

Washi Type of Japanese handmade paper.