英文版 日本建築ガイド - What is Japanese Architecture?: A Survery of Traditional Japanese Architecture with a List of Site and Map (英語) ペーパーバック – 1996/4/15
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Traditional Japanese architecture — whether Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines, residences, castles, or teahouses — has become increasingly familiar around the world. Through the media of motion pictures, art books, T.V. documentaries and dramas such as Shogun, as well as through personal experience, more and more people have gained an acquaintance and appreciation of the architecture of premodern Japan. Some may even be able to name or recognize the oldest and the largest wooden structures in existence, which are to be found in Japan at Horyuji and Todaiji respectively. Yet often this knowledge is still rudimentary. Confusion abounds as to what distinguishes Japanese architecture from Chinese or Korean, or even Southeast Asian, not to mention what sets off a Buddhist temple from a Shinto shrine or, say, a residence of the tenth century from one of the eighteenth. Until now, there has been no recourse for those seeking, through a single book, to increase their appreciation of the whole range of traditional Japanese architecture. With the publication of What Is Japanese Architecture?, however, this situation has finally been rectified. Construction, design, carpentry, and the background of Japanese architecture, from prehistory to mid-nineteenth century, are here made available within the covers of a single, compact book.
With over 300 drawings that illuminate the essentials of discussion more concretely than words could ever do, and a text that is succinct and always to the point, the book is divided into four parts — one each dealing chronologically with religious structures, residences, castles, and places of entertainment. The reader learns not only how each of these fields of architecture has evolved over the centuries and what distinguishes the buildings of one age from those of another, but something of the historical conditions and the people responsible for these changes as well as the role played by carpentry and methods of construction. The establishment and growth of the historic Japanese capitals — Nara, Kyoto, Edo — is brought sharply into focus, along with the rise and spread of other urban centers. Also highlighted are the mansions of the court nobility; the castles and residences of the samurai aristocracy; the homes of village elders; dwellings of the common people; educational institutions, and places of entertainment such as theaters, red-light districts, teahouses, and country villas.
Any book that is as full of information as this, and readily accessible and clearly illustrated at the same time, will be of great interest and use to a wide range of people — architects, designers, historians, carpenters, movie buffs, tourists, garden designers, and others, whether amateur or professional. Whatever the readers' background, there is little doubt about one thing: they will emerge with an acuter eye and a greater sensitivity to the delights of traditional Japanese architecture.
Plenty of direction to look further.
I wish this had be my first book about japanese architecture.
It has everything well explained, with hand drew images, that let`S you feeel the values and differences among styles and times.
I found hints invaluable for looking fo other books about sizes and parameters.
I highly suggest this book for everyone.
A student, as an architect or engineer from other countries that wants to start to explore the japanese architecture.
A beauty lover, regardless what is field of provenience.
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.
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.