Unity & Individuality


Nara's traditional houses often have these wooden vertical grid (called Koshi/格子)

It works like walls, keeping one's privacy inside house

But unlike walls, light & wind can go through, so that a sense of trapped feeling is eased

At the closer look, each Koshi has unique shapes & patterns

At the same time, Koshi gives harmony to the city landscape

Rare example of happy marriage between unity & individuality