lich-tung: “ “ Small courtyard gardens known as tsubo niwas became popular in Japan during the Century. The gardens were common in Japanese cities and were often found at the homes of wealthy merchants.
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The change in height from the genkan, stepping up and into the house is of particular cultural significance. Just about every genkan will have a shoe closet, called a “getabako” in Japanese Another feature of the genkan is its practical use as an ‘airl