From "The miscellany of a Japanese priest" being a translation of TSURE-ZURE GUSA by William N. Porter


Section 55. When building a house, it should be designed to suit the summer. In winter one can live anywhere, but in the hot weather an uncomfortable house is indeed trying.

There is no coolness in a deep pool, a shallow running stream is far cooler; and, in order to get a little light, a horizontal sliding door will open wider than a lifting shutter. But a high ceiling would make the winter seem colder and the lamp give but little light.

Before finishing, it is generally admitted that a spare room will add to one's comfort; it will be found useful for many purposes.