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"The homes in Japan Houses represent an upper echelon of residences—largely unrestrained by budget or spatial limitations." —Dwell

About the Author

Marcia Iwatate is one of the leading professionals in the Japanese design and food industry. She is the author of Eat.Work.Shop., and co-author of Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine, which won a James Beard Award in 2004.

Takeshi Nakasa of Nacasa & Partners, Inc., a photographic studio in Tokyo, has been taking commercial interior design and architectural photographs since the 1970s.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (April 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805311266
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805311264
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The projects featured in this book are very well compiled and really show how unique and different the Japanese culture is despite all the houses being designed in the same modernist principle. Poetry is evident in nearly all the houses featured and the architects (as well as the clients) have really take the term "less is more" to another level. This book's compilation, however, features houses that are larger than the average houses in Japan and may appeal to certain readers who comment that most modern Japanese houses border on experimental and are not actually habitable, at least by their standards. Houses featured include the H House by Akihito Fumita and the Misonou House by Makoto Tanijiri among many others.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prashant Arora on December 7, 2007
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I have read this book word by word and there is no doubt that the featured projects are a study in serenity. In fact the most intriguing part of the book is the introduction which informs the reader about the Japanese society and the inspiration behind such awe inspiring designs.

Quality of paper and photography is top-notch. However, the write-up for the projects was a little disappointing. Besides being repetitive, on more than one occassion, I found words that were typed twice. And the biggest blunder that one would least expect from a book of this quality and standard - spelling mistake.

On the other hand, if you are in for enjoying the architecture, look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr G on July 14, 2010
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An excellent book and, although full of excellent museum-quality, professional photographs, it provides many ideas for do-it-yourself home renovators and builders. Also, a good coffee table book that will be used less for the coffee table and more for practical applications. A truly wonderful resource for architect students. An idea source.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dushan Hanuska on May 6, 2012
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This book features 26 different architectural ideas from Japan. Unfortunately, the ideas presented are quite unique and not quite to my taste. I prefer things and designs to be more practical for everyday life, rather than marvels of aesthetics and futuristic design. I was a bit disappointed. I expected more from this book when I purchased it. Nonetheless, it will be a great coffee table book.
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