In the traditional Japanese farmhouse, light and ventilation were provided typically by removing the clay plaster from a section of a walls interior and exterior, leaving a hole and the exposed bamboo latticework lathing.

This kind of rustic window, a renji-mado (lattice window), was incorporated into the architecture of the tea ceremony, and many tea huts feature renji-mado. The light from such a window is beautifully filigreed by the grid of latticework, leaving a play of shadow. It is a kind of illumination defined as much by the pattern of shadows as it is by the presence of light.

(Dave Lowry)

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