- Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd. (1987)
- ISBN-10: 4770010567
- ISBN-13: 978-4770010568
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,318,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Residences and Gardens: A Tradition of Integration
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The homes of the Japanese aristocracy illustrate the intimate relationship between traditional architecture and landscaping in this text.
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It is difficult to believe that this ordinary book was written by the former leading authority in premodern Japanese architecture.
I recommend "Form & Space in Japanese Architecture" by Norman Carver Jr, who really understood and captured the the japanese spirit.
If Japanese gardens are new to you and you want a quick insight into this matter (on less than 30 pages of text), exemplified on some 5 of the most important gardens in Japan to learn about the history and its most important aspect: the integration of the garden with the surrounding architecture, this is a good book.
One of the advantages of reading older books, like this one, is that is shows you fotos which are old too. This book contains fotos from gardens in times long go by, in which you can see many differences with the actual situation. So also it gives you some clues on the development of these gardens. For example the foto of Ryoanji shows the garden with the surrounding earthen wall topped with a tiled roof. This roof over the wall is now made of bark, which to my opinion looks nicer because of its more informal character.
Though old, I liked this book.