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The Japanese House: Architecture and Interiors Hardcover – November 30, 2000
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Certainly though the old Japanese living styles are disappearing in big cities, if we go to local towns or villages, there will be many traditional style house. Now, some people (especially the adults over 40 years old) who are living in big cities like Tokyo lived and sent in such traditional house style of local towns for their boys or girls age. After all when they got to be about 20 years old, they went out from the towns and went to Tokyo etc because they yearned for the fashions or convenience of Tokyo.
They become businessmen, when they take long vacations of summer or new-year some of them go back to their towns or villages of their home countries. And they say then "the most comfortable place is my hometown and house after all".Read more ›
This is a book for those who are sincerely interested in authentic Japanese home design, and not for someone who want a bit of Japanese in their American home!
What is totaly contradictory to this, is the poor low-budget color printing chosen by Tuttle publishers. The pictures are devaluated by a easily seen coarse printing sreen.
We plan on building our next home and wanted to go in a modern/Japanese look. There are many resources out there for modern homes but very few done as well as this book for Japanese homes. The subtle details and construction techniques presented in here are vital for a designer to see as they develop a design.
The photographs are very endearing and present the Japanese home in such a way as to make this book more than just a guide. It also makes for a great coffee table book.
If you are into architecture of any type you shouldn't pass this book up for your library.
Thank you for reading my review.
A few points on this book. The beginning section discusses mainly the concept of wabi and the history and influence of the concept (stemming from Zen Buddhism). The subsequent sections begin to discuss individual styles of Japanese architecture and design. I found the section on the tea 'shrines' very informative, especially since they appear in many classic Japanese novels (and are an architectural element mostly unknown to us Westerners!).
The concepts and designs covered are very interesting and apply to many facets of Japanese culture. This isn't the architecture and design found in many modern cities, but it is classic design that is sadly disappearing.
Don't expect tips on designing your house or decorating. Instead relax and embrace the subtle beauty of wabi.
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This is a beautiful book, instructive in every way. People who watch HGTV should turn these pages to learn what high design really looks like, then give up on TV.Published 6 months ago by Loo Ti
I was looking for a Japanese architectural reference book and decided, after shifting online through several books, to try this one. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John D
Beautiful-got as a gift and didn't want to let it go. Read it cover to cover before I finally wrapped itPublished 14 months ago by susan e boulton
I'll keep this simple, this book and the photographs contained within is an absolute time sink. I love this book, it's probably my favorite coffee table book of all time.Published 14 months ago by Kazuya