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The Inner Harmony of the Japanese House
by Atsushi Ueda
With the possible exception of the woodblock print, no other aspect of Japanese culture has been so widely embraced outside Japan as the traditional Japanese home. Interior decorators, architects, and homeowners from the West have been borrowing from Japanese architecture since Frank Lloyd Wright, yet the fundamentals of the Japanese abode remain something of a mystery. ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 20th 1998 by Kodansha
(first published September 1990)
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What defines cultural architecture. This book was so much more than I expected. The title suggests a story of how the design elements of a home fit together. What the book delivers is a story of how the historical, environmental, and religious elements of Japanese history built the structure of the Japanese home and how it is used. Fascinating comparisons between Western and Japanese architecture challenge the way about how you think of a building, even what exactly a "wall" is and how necessary ...more