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Winter by the Irori

The Charm of Traditional Japanese Hearths

Donny Kimball
7 min readJan 31, 2019

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A kettle sits over the open flame of a traditional Japanese irori hearth during winter.

“Wintry wind — passing a man with a swollen face.”

— Matsuo Basho

If you haven’t already had a chance to experience them first hand, know that Japanese winters can be pretty harsh. While…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/