|A sketch of the engawa space leading into the bathroom|
|Rough floor plan of my room.|
Being aware of this and experiencing it has been reminding me about the importance of transition, and of honoring the need to allow for transition. So often in my life I do not build in time to process, time to enjoy, time to reflect. So often I go from one thing directly into another. Maybe there is value in emotional engawa. Temporal engawa. Even in this small space "transition" is important enough that space has been set aside for it. Maybe I would do well to take that lesson and apply it elsewhere in my life. At the very least I will tell myself this is why it was so important to put that lintel where it is. Not just to make it painful to be tall.
Though in Japan, it is painful to be tall.