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What is Japanese Architecture?: A Survey of Traditional Japanese Architecture with a List of Sites and a Map Paperback – 31 Dec 1995


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770019920
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770019929
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A useful, concise compendium of information about Japanese architecture, copiously illustrated with line drawings which augment text descriptions of Japanese structures. Encyclopedic in approach, the book is arranged by chapters that cover broad building types. Within each chapter, particular styles, important works, and notable cities are discussed. Augmenting the text is a listing of sites, a bibliography, and an index. A good book to satisfy the increasing interest in Japanese culture. Recommended for most libraries." -Library Journal


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KAZUO NISHI (b. 1938) graduated from Waseda University in 1962 and received his doctorate from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1967. He is currently professor of engineering at Kanagawa University. Among his publications in Japanese are A Study of Methods of Architectural Estimation in EarlyModirn Japan, Carpenters in the Edo Period, and Himeji and Edo Castles.
KAZUO HOZUMI (b. 1930) graduated in architecture from Tohoku University. A freelance illustrator, he has published numerous books in Japanese, including Illustrations of Cars, Horyuji Temple, The Great Buddha of Nara, and The Town of Edo.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent source material! 28 April 2004
By Brian A. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been searching for a book such as this for quite some time. I purchased this book as source material for 3D modeling, and all the hand drawn illustrations are simply amazing! Many interior, exterior and close-up shots of Japanese architecture. Several floor plans and isometric views of various homes and temples.
Having only recieved my book the day before, I have not had a chance to read it from cover to cover, but what I have read was informative and well written. While you may not be able to build your very own "to code" Japanese home with this book, as a source of information and inspiration, it's a tremendous book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Introduction to Japanese Architecture 3 Jun 2009
By Ronin - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of this book. Inside the front cover is an excellent map of Japan that shows the locations of all the temples, castles, houses, gardens, etc covered in the book, which is also a boon for planning travel. Inside the back cover is a very helpful chronology of the architecture from 10,000BC to 1868.

Even though all the illustrations are hand drawn b/w, they offer excellent detail. There are city plans and numerous architectural schematics. The book is divided in to 4 sections:

1) Worship: The Architecture of Buddhist & Shinto Shrines
2) Daily Life: Residential & Urban Architecture
3) Battle: Castles & Castle Towns
4) Entertainment: Architecture in the Sukiya Spirit (philosophy of restraint, simplicity, & refinement)

Within the 4 chapters are 60 sub-chapters. In the back there are some helpful sections like directions to the sites in the book, a short list of museums, and a good bibliography for additional reading.

I liked the section on Kanazawa, and recommend people visit there to experience one of the few remaining castle towns. Overall and excellent book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing introduction on traditional Japanese Architecture 11 Feb 2009
By Caretta Erik - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a great introduction to Japanese traditional architecture in all its fields, from castles to temples, palaces and houses.
There are chapters even on ancient cities, gardens, tea houses and much more.
The book is wonderfully illustrated with technical (but not only) drawings, that can really make you understand how something was realized.
A must for everyone who want to learn something on Japanese architecture without buy something too much technical.
Good Content 18 May 2014
By Conigliara A. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I first reviewed this book at my local library and i was happy with the content of the book. As the condition of the book it my expectations
A great introduction to Japanese architecture 17 Jan 2014
By Tim Hayduk - Published on Amazon.com
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A really great introduction to Japanese architecture with excellent illustrations that are well captioned. A colleague picked it up at a museum in Japan so perhaps endorsement by the locals is a great indicator of the book's overall quality.
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