The Art of Japanese Architecture

The Art of Japanese Architecture

by Michiko Young, Tan Hong Yew

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A fully illustrated history of Japanese architectural design


A fully illustrated history of Japanese architectural design

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Husband-and-wife collaborators David Young (anthropology, Univ. of Alberta) and Michiko Young have been studying Japanese aesthetics for years. Previously, they wrote The Art of the Japanese Garden, and now they tackle Japanese architecture, perfectly melding East and West to give us a deeply historical and cultural appreciation for the design and construction of Japanese shelter over an astonishing 12,000 years. They explain the elements of structure and the spare glory of the essentials as well as provide many examples that pay tribute to function. The buildings they examine embrace strong societal traditions, a tendency that makes Japanese architecture timeless and always "modern." Nearly 400 illustrations, photographs, and woodcuts reinforce and enhance the outstanding text. The description, visuals, and history of rural thatched roofs are a particular high point. A tribute and rich entrée to a beautiful architectural form; highly recommended.
—David Bryant

From the Publisher
"A tribute and rich entree 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 towers." —From House to Home blog

"If you are interested in Japanese culture, architecture (both traditional and modern), and/or beautiful photographs of Japan, then this book will be of interest to you!" —Tokyo Five blog

"The book gives you a comprehensive survey of the history of Japanese architecture, from the prehistoric period to the present day. What I especially liked about it is the way it unpacks the design and construction techniques used with easy-to-follow diagrams and explanations." —Sequins and Cherry Blossom blog

The Art of Japanese Architecture is an ideal book for those studying and already have knowledge about Japanese architecture, and for those who are simply looking for a good introduction on the subject. It is also indispensable for those who are interested in Japanese culture and aestheticism, as architecture of any culture reflects the culture in which it exists. Both a visual and educational delicacy, make sure this book finds its way onto your bookshelf to enrich the variety of your reading pleasures." —Sejiaku blog

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Tuttle Publishing
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Hardcover with Jacket
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8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Young obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford before teaching anthropology at the University of Alberta in Canada.
Michiko (Kimura) Young graduated from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies before moving to Canada, where she worked for many years in the international affairs office at the University of Alberta. The Youngs co-authored The Art of the Japanese Garden. They now live on Gabriola Island off the west coast of Canada.

Tan Hong Yew obtained a degree in fine arts in 1996 from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in Malaysia. Since then he has contributed to many group exhibitions. He works as a freelance illustrator, specializing in architectural illustrations.

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