Let's move on to the main room of the household, the living room. This space is similar to ours, with a sofa, coffee table and television, except for a few details. An ancestral altar is present among the older generation, less so among the younger generations who are waiting to inherit it. It is a raised piece of furniture with a meditation bowl and stick, a censer and wooden statuettes that can be bought from a temple. There are also portraits of the deceased, and every day for the most assiduous, a different offering. The practice is less common today, but all Japanese have had the opportunity to join hands and pay their respects, even within a home. Sometimes an adjoining room with tatami and a painting or calligraphy on a silk scroll hanging on the wall is the perfect resting place. In the past, this area was used to serve tea from a small rack embedded in the floor. Literally called the "guest area", it will welcome you with tea and a Japanese delicacy prepared in the kitchen, the rack having disappeared today.