Mastering Shoji: The Craft Behind Authentic Screens

January 9, 2024

In the heart of Oahu, Hawaii, there’s an art form that has been meticulously preserved and continues to flourish, thanks to the dedicated artisans at SHOJI Hawaii. This is the art of creating Shoji – traditional Japanese sliding doors, windows, and screens that are known for their elegance, simplicity, and functionality. In this blog, we invite you into our world to uncover the craftsmanship behind every piece of Shoji we create, from the careful selection of materials to the precision of techniques and the attention to every detail.


The Essence of Shoji

Shoji screens are not just a decorative element; they are a testament to a cultural legacy that blends utility with beauty. Traditionally made from ‘washi’ – a type of Japanese paper – stretched over a wooden frame, these translucent screens serve as room dividers, doors, and windows. They allow natural light to filter through gently, creating an ambiance of serene tranquility, a cherished concept in Japanese aesthetics known as ‘wabi-sabi’ – finding beauty in imperfection and transience.

Selecting the Right Materials

At SHOJI Hawaii, we begin with the finest materials to ensure that each piece is not only beautiful but also durable and functional. Our wood selection includes finely-grained mahogany, beech, maple, cherry, walnut, koa, teak, and oak, each adding its unique color and texture to the finished product. For areas requiring water resistance, like bathrooms or exterior doors, we apply a proprietary blend of oils that protect the wood while enhancing its natural appearance.

Crafting with Precision and Care

The creation of a Shoji screen is an exercise in precision. We use traditional mortise and tenon joints to ensure the sturdiness of the frames. Our Shoji doors and screens are then enhanced with glass or modern laminated rice paper, available in various thicknesses, providing the perfect balance between strength and traditional aesthetics. For added durability and soundproofing, we offer options with reinforced plexiglass or an additional layer between rice paper sheets.


Customization: Tailoring to Your Space

We understand that every space is unique, which is why we offer customized solutions. From bifold to multifold, hinged, and freestanding doors, our Shoji can adapt to various applications. Our sliding doors and screens come in standard sizes, but we are always ready to accommodate custom dimensions to ensure a seamless fit and elegant look in any room.

The Lattice Work: A Signature of Shoji

The lattice work, or ‘kumiko’, is what gives Shoji screens their distinctive appearance. At SHOJI Hawaii, we offer a range of traditional and modern lattice designs. Our artisans can even bend wood for free-form, contemporary grids, ensuring that each Shoji screen is a piece of functional art tailored to your taste and style.

Installation: A Smooth Transition

Our track systems, whether wood or metal, are designed for smooth sliding and effortless maintenance. We offer various configurations, including ceiling-mounted tracks and self-supporting open headers, to suit your specific installation needs. Our dedication doesn’t end at crafting; we ensure a complete solution, from crafting to installation, making the addition of Shoji to your space a smooth and enjoyable experience.


At SHOJI Hawaii, we’re not just creating screens and doors; we’re crafting a piece of culture, a slice of history, and an element of beauty that stands the test of time. Our commitment to quality, customization, and the spirit of traditional Japanese craftsmanship is evident in every Shoji we create. We invite you to explore the elegance and practicality of Shoji and discover how it can transform your space with a touch of Japanese culture and style.

Embrace the timeless elegance and contemporary craftsmanship of SHOJI Hawaii’s authentic pieces. Enhance your living or workspace with a touch of tradition, art, and functionality that only true Shoji screens can provide. Contact us today to start your journey into the exquisite world of Shoji.

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