Rachel Massey (rachmass) wrote:
Perhaps I am mixing up Kamiza and Tokonoma?
You are, in fact, looking for a kamiza. But a kamiza is not the same thing as a kamidana. A kamiza is "the residence of the ancestral spirit of a house; the head of the house sits nearest this place. It is often a slightly raised recess in a wall, sometimes containing a hanging scroll, armour, or other religious property." A kamidana is "a Japanese household altar where the deity is worshipped with offerings of food." The character for kami
is different from the one in kamidana
. In the first case, it means "above," so kamiza
rougly translates as "seat above others." In kamidana
, which essentially means "god shelf," it is obviously the character for "god." A tokonoma
is similar to a kamiza in that it is simply an alcove in which "you will find a vase which is certainly not showy and a hanging scroll."