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坪庭

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 6 October 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This is the same house as yesterday, with a view of the little garden called a "tsuboniwa" (坪庭) Tsubo is a very old measurement of land in Japan, with one tsubo equal to about 35 square feet or about 3 square metres. Because traditional Kyoto houses are built right on the street and because they are very long and narrow with no windows on their sides, these little gardens provide a respite from the noise and dust of the street as well as bringing light and air to the interior parts of the house. Moreover, the gardens are rich with symbolic meaning, each plant and each stone carefully chosen and carefully placed to provide resources for contemplation.

Tomorrow we will step out to the street and see the kyomachiya from the outside.

NIKON D300 1/5 second F/9.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
1/5 second
F/9.0
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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坪庭