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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A translucent screen consisting of a wooden frame covered in rice paper, used as a sliding door or partition in a Japanese house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A door or partition consisting of a wooden frame covered in rice paper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sliding screen used instead of a wall or partition in a Japanese house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper


Japanese shōji : shō, barrier, screen (from Middle Chinese tsiang) + ji, seed, n. suff. (from Middle Chinese tsz).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Japanese 障子 (shōji) (Wiktionary)


  • I closed the sliding windows, with translucent paper for window panes, called shoji, and went to bed, but the lack of privacy was fearful, and I have not yet sufficient trust in my fellow-creatures to be comfortable without locks, walls, or doors!

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Frames covered with paper, called shoji, slide along these grooves and form the wall between chamber and chamber.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Japan

  • The curtain as architectural element refers back to traditional Japanese design elements such as shoji and sudare screens, and fusuma doors common within the traditional Japanese house.

    Joyn – Curtain & Wall-art by Hiroshi Tsunoda

  • DIY paper 'shoji' style lamp made from recycled materials for under £5


  • The house design included other Japanese elements, especially an exercise area adjacent to the tub and bathroom fitted with tatami mats and walled with sliding shoji panels.

    Bird Cloud

  • And there was more palaver about the shoji panels.

    Bird Cloud

  • Deryl ordered the shoji panels, and as if this were a summons the Japanese ofuro tub arrived.

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  • From early morning until dark between the chunk! chunk! of nail guns and the scream of power drills Gerald was drenched in a waterfall of details of wall finishes, hinges, straps, colors, jambs, shoji panels, tatami mats and Polygal windows.

    Bird Cloud

  • The traditionally constructed buildings had shoji doors, windows, and room dividers along with tatami flooring.

    Made in Japan - 2

  • Japan does not slide open its shoji doors and give up its secrets easily, but it does invite the gai jin foreignor to enter and indulge in its culinary pleasures.

    Sara Waxman: Eating Beauty: An Adventure in Japanese Cuisine


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