Nari (なり) – when building a wall for example, and due to given constraints it cannot be perfectly plumb, we call the act of slightly bending or “forcing” the wall to maintain a continuous, unbroken surface nari. It is common, particularly in reform, to have set reference points that aren’t straight or plumb. This often results in a wall whose plane might be twisted. Such walls cannot be straightened out or made plumb across its entire length due to set reference points such as existing window and door frames, structural beams and columns, etc, that aren’t plumb or level. Nari refers to the gradual bending of a wall, ceiling, or floor to compensate for less than perfect framing while remaining more or less undetectable to the naked eye.

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