Kanazawa is well-known as a place where geisha still actively perform. In the geisha districts, tea houses are often decorated with traditional wooden lattices called kimusuko, which literally means “wooden insect cage”. Did you know these play an important role beyond their aesthetic appeal? Functionally, they actually protect residents’ privacy from passers-by, prohibiting interior views while maintaining the vantage of the exterior streets. Most kimusuko are painted crimson with red iron oxide. The view of the districts at night is charming with the lights emitting a soft glow from the latticework.