The Art of Japanese Architecture

David and Michiko Young
Photographs by David and Michiko Young, Ben Simmons, Keyphotos, Murata Noboru
Illustrations by Tan Hong Yew
Tokyo, Tuttle Publishing, 2015

The Art of Japanese Architecture is a revised edition of An Introduction to Japanese Architecture, published by Periplus Editions in 2004. A Japanese version of the earlier edition has been published by Tuttle Publishing under the title, Bijuaru Ban: Nihon no Tatemono Senshi Jidai Kara Gendai Made (Visual Edition: Japanese Architecture from Prehistoric to Modern Times), 2004.   

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Simplicity, asymmetry, sensitivity to the natural environment, and the use of natural materials are the hallmarks of much of Japanese architecture. This book provides an overview of Japanese architecture in its historical and cultural context.

It begins with a discussion of prehistoric pit dwellings and concludes with a description of significant modern buildings. The intervening 12,000 years are analyzed in reference to major changes in architecture caused by the introduction of Buddhist culture from Korea and China, the consolidation of indigenous influences, the development of feudalism, the influence of Western culture, and the adaptation of the international style in contemporary buildings.

Through all of these changes, a restrained architect ural tradition developed in marked contrast to an exuberant tradition characterized by monumentality and the use of bold colors. The book provides insights into the dynamic nature of this contrast and how it reflects the underlying diversity of Japanese culture.

The book is profusely illustrated with over 370 color photographs, woodblock prints, maps, diagrams, and specially commissioned watercolors.


People have this to say about our book:                                                                                                     

"A tribute and rich entrée to a beautiful architectural form, highly recommended."
—Library Journal

"The Japanese aesthetic remains one of simple asymmetry, imbued with respect for the natural environment. Here’s a compelling history of Japanese architecture, from ancient dwellings to spectacular modern urban dwellings."
—From House to Home

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