sho·​ji | \ ˈshō-(ˌ)jē How to pronounce shoji (audio) \
plural shoji also shojis

Definition of shoji

: a paper screen serving as a wall, partition, or sliding door

Examples of shoji in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tucked in a corner by the vast picture windows, guarded from the summer sun by shoji screens, a chiming Sonambient sculpture made in the early 1970s by the furniture designer Harry Bertoia, a Knoll colleague, stands quietly, waiting to be touched. Michael Snyder, New York Times, "How Two Children Are Keeping Their Father’s Design Legacy Alive," 16 Mar. 2020 Turning right takes you to the connected living and dining rooms, with their Brazilian cherry floors, vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows and shoji doors topped with lattice-wood inserts. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.3 Million Homes in South Carolina, Colorado and Oregon," 26 Feb. 2020 Rooms are spacious and serene, with shoji sliding doors, an enormous futon bed, and a bathroom that could be a spa. Anna Chittenden, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Stay in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics," 30 Jan. 2020 The design has Asian elements, with Japanese-style shoji doors and a Japanese Zen garden off the master bedroom suite. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Portland Contemporary Brings Mexico Home," 5 Feb. 2020 In the room, viewers are told to create peepholes in the walls, an artistic interpretation of a rural Korean ritual where wedding-night consummations were watched by villagers who silently rubbed a hole into the shoji with a wet finger. Tony Bravo,, "‘How to Fall in Love in a Brothel’ at Catharine Clark Gallery," 3 Nov. 2019 Editor’s Suite Choice: Be sure to ask for one of the 12 Suite Rooms and marvel at the intricate Japanese craftsmanship that includes walls of rosewood and maple, shoji paper screens and sliding glass doors etched with flowers and birds. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Nice and Slow: 3 Luxurious Train Journeys Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime," 29 July 2019 The toilet and the shower are at the far end of the large tents at The Fields, hidden by tastefully placed shoji screens. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glamping at The Fields in Michigan includes tents with electricity, bathrooms and wood-fired stoves," 28 June 2019 One of my childhood homes had kumiko ramma and shoji doors. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Kumiko Is a New Bar in Chicago That Will Instantly Transport You to Japan," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of shoji

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shoji

Japanese shōji

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“Shoji.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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