Is this antique door from China or Japan?

While I was doing my daily surfing at pinterest yesterday, I came across with the wonderful antique door above and I repinned to my “doors to adore” board which I collect adorable characteristic doors from all around the world. The photo was originally pinned as Chinese door, however I got a comment from a friend from Pinterest community that the door was not actually Chinese it was in fact Japanese. So I went back to original source but unfortunately could not locate any information about it. Finally, this morning I researched  the difference between the Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and figured out that the letters in fact more like Japanese. However, I must say it is pretty hard to tell as Japanese writing uses a mixture of hiragana, katakana, and kanji in the same text therefore some letters could actually be confusing when it is compared with Chinese. So I thank Tammy Winand, the author of CrypticFragments blog for her comment and warning. Now, I would like to check with my wordpress community, friends I contact with in social media if anybody knows anything about this door? Where it is located and what it says on its text? I really appreciate your time and  assistance who will help me out about my curiosity. Have a great day to everybody!!!

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7 thoughts on “Is this antique door from China or Japan?

  1. looks inspirational and mysterious.. remembered me the song of the doors “there are things known and unknown, in between there are the doors”…

    1. what a great comment! I really liked it:) I would love to listen this song… That must be one of the reason why I like doors so much. I m always curious about what is behind? But I think what interests me the most is its mysteriousity and sparks creates my curiousty…

  2. Dearest Tijen, as i mentioned today morning – my sister could lift the mysteriousity … she told me this door is from japan most likely from kyoto and most likely a womans bathplace ( sort of hammam) :)))

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