The July 26 article “The Japanese balcony gets a rethink amid a pandemic”(headlined “A new appreciation for the balcony” in the print edition) was an interesting story. I have lived in a housing complex for almost 35 years, so this topic is very familiar to me.

The balcony plays two roles; one is as a practical space for drying laundry and airing futon necessary for our daily lives and the other is a relaxing one for reading books or magazines and taking a nap for a while, as shown in the article. In addition, during the coronavirus pandemic, more residents will want to display colorful potted flowers there, to enjoy peace of mind.

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