Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Family Supper by Kazuo Ishiguro

My major is architecture and I had to do a project about Japanese residences, so I am familiar with the cultural references about this story. The tatami mats that they speak of are actually pieces of floor at a certain measurement. They use these pieces to know what the dimensions of a room are just by looking at it. The tea room they are in over-looks the garden, which is very common in Japanese houses, and sliding partitions are just like sliding doors, excpept they are made out of the same material as the wall, making all of the rooms seem closed off. This offers much privacy to the owner of the house.

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