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La casa giapponese

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Describes and illustrates the construction methods, materials, styles and designs of traditional domestic architecture in Japan.
Published 1994 by Rizzoli (first published 1886)
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An exhaustive review of Japanese homes including most of the significant features, I.e., design, roofs, flooring, walls, verandas, gardens, etc. Other books might go into more detail on specific aspects, but this book covers more ground than any other book I've read. His critique of the shortcomings of Western houses and lifestyle is at times pointed as well as surgical in its aim. I can imagine reading this book more than once depending on what I a currently interested in. I would highly recomm ...more
James Eckman
Still pretty good despite it's age.
Bridie  Knight
The author of this book also illustrated it with the most delicate, precise and still evocative diagrams of various architectural design elements, tools, articles and decorative pieces used in making, maintaining and ornamenting the Japanese house and its setting.
Edward Morse approaches his subject with the feelings of a social anthropologist.
Keywords for people who like: architecture, history, design, Japan, line drawings; and for those that find beauty in small details.
Even if you are not interested in Japanese traditional architecture and do not care about Japanese, still it is a precious book. Edward Morse opens his heart to Japanese culture and rewarded himself and his readers with insight, grasp of it. This book was first published 1885, but I have not seen anything comparable be it on subject of architecture or culture. I would love to see a similar book on Persia.
Morse takes a wonderfully detailed look at the Japanese home and the Japanese lifestyle as he saw it. While it is certainly not 100% accurate according to the information we have today, it is still a very good record of traditional Japanese living patterns as they existed during the early years of Western observation of that country.
My go-to book when exploring old homes, storage rooms and kura in Japan, and want to identify the function or name of some feature or found thing. There may be better or more detailed books that provide the same information but you would do well to start with Morse's and use others to deep-dive as needed.
Morse portrays the image of the typical Japanese home for the curious westener. Simple and strait forward, this is an light and easy read with many beautiful images
Steve Nordlund
Classic, details survey that presumably had great influence over architects and designers in America and the west coast in particular.
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