Tuttle first released this book back in the early 90's and it has, deservedly, become a publishing hit.
The concept is simple: the design elements of Japan's traditional country lifestyle. But however, beautiful the interiors may be, this is more important as a book of photography and as a book of anthropology. Something like 375 color photographs are featured, photographs of clarity and of careful composition, showing interiors, exteriors, common objects, kitchens, clothing, set tables, prepared food, agriculture, and, to a lesser extent, the people. Since objects and reveal much about lifestyles, in this book the pace, the feel, the soul of rural Japan really shines through.