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Renowned for its tranquility and serenity, its simple, elegant lines, and harmonious use of natural forms, Japanese architecture is admired by designers, architects, and homeowners alike for its easy grace. Now with a striking new cover, Japanese Detail: Architecture surveys the essential elements of the Japanese aesthetic. From rough-hewn flagstone paths to the majestic ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books (first published 1989)
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tally, The Chatty Introvert
Other than the introduction, this isn't really a book you read--it is primarily illustrations. So, if you were looking for a guide describing the architectural styles and how they came about, this is not the book to do it.

However, this could be useful as an adjunct to other books on japanese architecture, books that speak to how the architecture developed, the aesthetics, the material uses, etc. The photos within describe many elements of Japanese homes and businesses, elements the author says
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A decent enough book, there are simply much better choices out there such as A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Hata, which is a great introduction to the subject or The Japanese House: Architecture and Interiors by Noboru Murata and Alexandra Black. Both of which provide better photos and much better descriptions of the Japanese design aesthetic. This book is an average option if you can't find copies of the others out there.
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Japanese Detail zooms in on the flourishes and touches that can make many Japanese a building so special and unique. Sections include crests, roof-lines, shelving, doors, paving stones, carved lintels and more, each photographed at close range. Minute attention to detail makes the most mundane part of a building seems special and well-thought out.
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