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Japanese Touch for Your Home [Perfect Paperback]

Koji Yagi
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1 April 1992
Filled with elegant designs and clever tips, A Japanese Touch for Your Home offers bold and exciting ideas for remodeling your home or redecorating your apartment. The author, architect Koji Yagi, explains the basic elements of Japanese interior design and shows you how to use them.
Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal elements of Japanese interior design-and see how beautifully they respond to the Western home. Change the size and shape of a room easily and tastefully with bamboo screens and movable partitions. Build a simple Japanese-style alcove, decorate it with something special, and then flaunt it. Try some Japanese lighting techniques-low, soft, and beautiful. Change the mood of a room, and change your way of looking at things.
A Japanese Touch for Your Home includes much more. Practical, approachable, and authentic, it is written by a prominent Japanese architect concerned about the demands of contemporary lifestyles, and the answers that traditional Japanese design has to offer.
Over 120 color plates taken by a leading Japanese photographer accompany the informed text. In addition, over 200 black and white sketches, floor plans, and a section on do-it-yourself projects make this a book that will pique your desire to be creative and then show you how to fulfill it. A practical guide for homeowners, interior designers, and people who like to work with their heads and their hands, this book will introduce you to a new way of living.


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  • Perfect Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; New edition edition (1 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 477001662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770016621
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The number one best-selling guide to introducing Japanese design concepts and fixtures into the Western home. All basic concepts and components clearly explained and illustrated. For home-owners, interior designers and DIY enthusiasts looking for simple yet sophisticated effects.

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Now it's possible to transform the living space of any western-style residence with attractive Japanese-inspired motifs and accessories. Tatami mats, shoji screens, paper lamps, and other Japanese furnishings become components of a myriad of distinctive decorating ideas. Profusely illustrated with over 120 colour plates and more than 200 black and white sketches, this book in includes floor plans, a section on do-it-yourself projects, and a list of useful organizations.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the senses 2 Nov 2004
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Not only does this book contain a huge variety of wonderful photos to inspire, from colour schemes to interior structure, it also contains a brief history of the traditional Japanese house and detailed instructions, with diagrams, of how to make some of the items yourself.
This was the first book on Japanese architecture I bought: if you only buy one book, buy this one! The chances are it won't be the last you buy and you'll get hooked, just like the rest of us!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy guide to Japanese style 11 July 1999
By A Customer
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According to the architect who is designing my house, an expert in Japanese design himself, this is one of the best books he has come across. It contains sufficient of every aspect of Japanese architecture and style in a concise form but with sufficient detail for it to be easy to follow.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational 6 Dec 2005
By Dave
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Well the book does exactly what it says on the cover. It covers all aspects of Japanese homes from room to room, lighting flooring etc with some beautiful pictures. The book is intended to give advice on how you can recreate these in a modern home. it is a fascinating book in itself for anyone interested in Japan and its culture. it provides a wealth of stunning photos as well as diagrams and illustrations. Towards the back of the book are instructions for making a few Japanese items of furniture (lamps screens etc). It would have been nice to see more of these.
If you are looking for some oriental style then this book is a must.
If you are looking for some oriental style then this book is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 19 April 2011
By JJ
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I have started designing my bedroom and am a purist when it comes down to books, i try to steer clear of all this e-book stuff, i love a hard copy. So i decided to order this and (making japanese-style lamps and lanterns) in order to gain some perspective and a knowledgeable insite into how to make my room Japanese.

I had previously used various internet and game design sources, but this book really is fantastic, the explanation is great, it covers history, styles of design and also comes complete with floor plans which is excellent, hidden lighting and also much more. All in all it's superb for the person interested in Japanese design, someone who wants to create a room and also gives you plenty of creative idea's.

10/10, superb book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful inspiration 8 Feb 2000
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80 pages, 121 beautiful color photos, some black & white photos plus four do-it-yourself projects. An excellent reference for design ideas. Covers basic elements of Japanese design to include entryway, veranda, interior space, tatami and shoji. The pictures alone make this a good sourcebook.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ! 25 Aug 2001
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I and many friends have enjoyed this book-not only because it has excellent photos of examples on how to give your home or apt a touch of Japanese tranquility/simplicity but also because it gives you exact details on how to build or create the area. Even if you're not interested in making changes in your home it's the kind of book that can transpose you to a more tranquil space via the excellent photos and drawings
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Hunger. 16 Dec 2002
By Scott Knudsen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has created a new hunger in me to find and devour every book I can get my hands on dealing with Japanese architecture. I can now see where Frank Lloyd Wright got a lot of his inspiration from. This is the first book I have read on the subject so far, and it seems to cover a bit of everything with lots of nice photos. If your looking for a book on organizing and storing stuff like only the Japanese can do, then get "Small Spaces: Stylish Ideas for Making More of Less in the Home" by Azby Brown
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy this book for years 8 Jun 2000
By william a smith - Published on Amazon.com
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If you enjoy Japanese aesthetics or desire to learn, then this book is a great resource. Photographs are numerous and well composed. Japanese terms are used and explained, as well as the evolution and philosophy underlying Japan's unique interiors.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was much more than i expected. 9 Aug 2000
By T. Reinhardt - Published on Amazon.com
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Besides the lovely the photos there were explainations of the probable origins of the japanese "look" in homes. The text was a pleasure to read (ie not like reding a test book) and I think this book gave me ways to incorporate ways to add designs to my home without major overhauls.... but just by adding the aura and intent of japanese homes i loved it excellent for tose with small living spaces you'll find room you never knew you had
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