Glossary: Shitajimado 下地窓

Shitaji-mado
Definition: an exposed lath window on a mud plastered wall that has not been covered, leaving open an unfinished part that is a square with rounded corners.

A type of window found in tea ceremony houses. It is a centuries-old method of window making which was adapted from a simple technique used on farmhouses. Sen Rikyuu 千利休 (1522-91) noticed such window openings in houses in the countryside and the rustic style was exactly what he sought for his tea ceremony houses.

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