Temporary

“A house, I know, is but a temporary abode, but how delightful it is to find one that has harmonious proportions and a pleasant atmosphere. One feels somehow that even moonlight, when it shines into the quiet domicile of a person of taste, is more affecting than elsewhere. A house, though it may not be in the current fashion or elaborately decorated, will appeal to us by its unassuming beauty — a grove of trees with an indefinably ancient look; a garden where plants, growing of their own accord, have a special charm… and a few personal effects left carelessly lying about, giving the place an air of having been lived in.”

— From Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko (circa 1330), translated by Donald Keene

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