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  • n. A traditional sunken hearth common in Japan, used to heat the home and to cook food.


Japanese いろり, 囲炉裏, 居炉裏. (Wiktionary)


  • It is heated entirely by a smoky irori hearth, a square hole cut into the floor in the middle of the room.

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  • People sleep communally, ten or more at a time, around the irori.

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  • Round some live embers in the irori fifteen men, women, and children were lying, doing nothing, by the dim light of an andon.

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  • At the next stage, called Takahara, we got one horse for the baggage, crossed the river and the ravine, and by a steep climb reached a solitary yadoya with the usual open front and irori, round which a number of people, old and young, were sitting.

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  • In the same open space his clerk was writing at a lacquer desk of the stereotyped form — a low bench with the ends rolled over — a woman was tailoring, coolies were washing their feet on the itama, and several more were squatting round the irori smoking and drinking tea.

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  • Even now it is comfortless enough for the people to come in wet, just to warm the tips of their fingers at the irori, stifled the while with the stinging smoke, while the damp wind flaps the torn paper of the windows about, and damp draughts sweep the ashes over the tatami until the house is hermetically sealed at night.

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  • It was already awake, and its noise grew loud as they entered the streets-shrill clamor of voices, thump of hoofs, groaning wheels and clashing irori.


  • The main dining room was heated by an open fire pit known as an irori, where the innkeeper kept a split log glowing for cooking, warmth and a rustic atmosphere. - Local News

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  • In the small tea-houses there is only an irori, a square hole in the floor, full of sand or white ash, on which the live charcoal for cooking purposes is placed, and small racks for food and eating utensils; but in the large ones there is a row of charcoal stoves, and the walls are garnished up to the roof with shelves, and the lacquer tables and lacquer and china ware used by the guests.

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