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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (November 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804832625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804832625
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Fifteen Japanese homes, complete with shoji screens and tatami mats, in 224 color photos."—Associated Press

About the Author

Alexandra Black spent five years in Japan studying Japanese language, culture, and art and architecture. She has written for numerous publications and is the author of Living in Cuba. She lives in London.

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It's more of a reference book on classic Japanese design and architecture.
Christopher Barrett
If you ever have visited Japan or fell in love with its architecture via movies or television, you owe it to yourself to get this book.
J. J. Marino
Great pictures and very good information about the ancient and actuel way of life in Japan.
Renato Manco

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

177 of 186 people found the following review helpful By taka(Japanese on March 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a man that lives in Tokyo, the metropolitan of Japan. Recently in about thirty years, Japanese living styles have changed extremely, that is, the styles are getting to be foreign styles, the windows: not Syouji, tables: not Tyabudai, floorings: not tatami and so on. Especially in big city like Tokyo, Oosaka and Nagoya the tendency is plain. Though there will be the many reasons that recent Japan have gotten to be such situations, recent Japanese especially young men may wish such cool design like European style, for instance, a data was reported a few years ago, the length of foots per over-all body height of Japanese students have gotten to be long, some specialists of the genre say that the cause will be that young men use chairs of styles that stretch their legs, not the Seiza style that have existed from long ago. Off course the cause may be by other aspects like abundant foods. But I approve about the opinion of specialists too.

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".
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Awesome book that is proving to be very helpful as we design and get ready to build a very "Zen Danish" style home that isn't at all the cluttered American styled home. And I love the photos that demonstrate how to have things..and have them out of site. And I simply love the clean open style of the homes which is also what we are looking for.
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!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ranks with "Japanese Style" in terms of capturing the beauty of Japanese aesthetic in interior and architectural detail. Houses depicted were of various periods, mostly traditional, and were actual homes as lived in today. Also, rooms display art, screens, indigo fabric and ikibana in real setting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Don't expect much content in textual form. The book is a photo book, and there are many excellent pictures of japanese houses and interiors in terms of themes and photographical skill.

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.
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47 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Laura Vervaecke on April 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Have too many empty rooms? Than this is the book for you. I will agree that this book was beautiful and interesting in historic architectural aspect, but if you are looking to incorporate some asian design themes into your current residence, I wouldn't recommend it. I found this book to be many examples of the same thing - an almost empty room with a screened doorway. There were some interesting gardens, but unless you are actually planning on throwing away all of your furniture (or you don't have any yet) I found it not very beneficial. Nothing wrong with this book - but felt it necessary to point this out to potential buyers as the book is appropriately pricey and the ideas hard to adapt to an already western home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Marino TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2010
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If you ever have visited Japan or fell in love with its architecture via movies or television, you owe it to yourself to get this book.

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.

Highly recommended!

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Format: Hardcover
The author is obviously well versed on Japanese 'wabi' or rather the stark beauty of empty space. Don't expect this to be a design or decorating book. It's more of a reference book on classic Japanese design and architecture. The photos are high quality and the photographer has a good eye for angles and settings.

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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