Byobu (Folding screen)
“A Byobu is a folding screen which consists of a wooden frame covered with thick Japanese paper or cloth, usually silk. It is used as a decorative screen or room divider.”
In the Chinese alphabet , “屏風(Byobu)” means ‘to block the wind’, however, it is not just a windbreak, but it also changes the internal atmosphere of a place.
Byobu, along with their decoration, perform the unique “partitioning culture” of Japan which separates “Hare” and “Ke” into spaces and seasons.
※”Hare” (noticeably cheerful and formal occasions or such situations) represents rituals, festivals and annual events that are ‘non-everyday,’ while “Ke” represents ‘ordinary,’ that is common everyday life.”