The Real Fusuma Doors Isabella Bird Admired Now on Display

From October 2018, the real fusuma doors that Isabella Bird described in “Unbeaten Tracks in Japan” (published in 1880) are displayed in the exhibit room of the Kanaya Hotel History House.

Bird wrote about these doors during her stay in 1878:

On the shelf in the other alcove is a very valuable cabinet with sliding doors, on which peonies are painted on a gold ground.

 

 

Fusuma doors on display

The room where Isabella Bird stayed for 12 days in 1878