Yet another fenestration cartoon
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Snapped this house in my neighborhood last night.
Japanese are not in general keen on large windows ... yes, you can see out, but others can also see in, and of course there's the problem of double-glazing, which is a rarity, and resultant heat loss/gain. [If you install small windows, you can lose/gain heat through the uninsulated walls instead!]
In fairness, this is the side of the house, and presumably the owner expects another house to be built alongside – and very possibly owns and plans to develop the adjacent land – but still.
POSTSCRIPT: After posting this, I was reminded by my friend Martin of the "window tax" that was collected in England, Wales, Scotland and France at various points during the 18th and 19th centuries.