Hako Kaidan: 2007 Japan Foundation Fellowship

kaidan_reportDavid Jackson Fellowship Project:
The Kaidan Dansu, a Stairway in Historical Shadow

The cabinetry of Japan known as tansu has within its multiplicity of designs something truly unique: a hybrid that is both staircase and cupboard. It is invariably known as the hakodan, hako kaidan, also the kaidan-dansu, literally box stair and stair chest or step-chest.

Its history has been obscured by myth and anecdote as no other tansu that I know of, both its origins and uses.

The Kaidan Dansu (2.5 mb Adobe Acrobat pdf file) –>

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