Glossary: Katoumado 火灯窓

Katou-mado 火灯窓
Definition: firelight window.

The shape of these small windows on the Prinsengracht is clearly a replica of the windows and gables all over Amsterdam. But they also look like what in Japan is the kato-mado 火灯窓, or firelight window. Called firelight because the ondulating top ogee is reminiscent of a burning flame.

However, the bad fortune associated with fires and homes encouraged a name change to the flower-head window, as it was also reminiscent of a flower, specifically a tulip.

Prinsengracht / Jacob van Lennepkade
Temple of the Shining Mercy / Ginkaku-ji

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