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Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This work deals with every aspect of the traditional Japanese home, from its general plan and major structural features to such ceremonial and traditional appointments as the tatami mats (which actually determine the size of the house), lamps, hibachi (braziers), fusuma and shoji screens, candlesticks, pillows, and tokonoma (places where art objects or flowers are displaye ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 1961 by Dover Publications (first published 1886)
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Rich
Apr 17, 2013 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bridie  Knight
Sep 28, 2008 Bridie Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bruce
Aug 27, 2013 Bruce rated it it was amazing
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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.
Tally
Mar 24, 2017 Tally rated it it was ok
As interested as I was to get into the subject matter, I have to admit, the presentation was a bit much. I bought this book many years ago when I found myself an anime-freak and wanted to write and be able to include some real terms and such about Japanese architecture.

I have to say, Mr. Morse was brilliant in laying out Japanese Architecture. I had to read the intro to realize that this book was REPRINTED in 1961, but actually put together in the 1880s by a scientist who was advised to record J
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Vit
Mar 21, 2008 Vit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Danielle
Dec 30, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
James Eckman
Oct 04, 2014 James Eckman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still pretty good despite it's age.
Steve Nordlund
Apr 24, 2012 Steve Nordlund rated it really liked it
Classic, details survey that presumably had great influence over architects and designers in America and the west coast in particular.
Ian
Aug 19, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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