The Katsura Imperial Villa was completed in 1615. Prince Toshihito and later his son prince Toshitada erected several constructions and an impressive garden.
Through the ‘windows’ you have totally different views on the gardens. Not only related to the vegetation but alto to the time of the day and the season. By opening and closing the sliding doors (fusuma and shoji) you could devide rooms, change views and regulate the climate inside.
All rooms have their own function and specific importance.
Personal relationships and contact with nature play an important role.
This make sense for the Machiya as well.

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