What is Japanese Architecture?

What is Japanese Architecture? by Kazuo Nishi and Kazuo Hozumi (Kodansha International, 1983) presents a survey of traditional Japanese architecture.

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What is Japanese Architecture? by Kazuo Nishi and Kazuo Hozumi (Kodansha International, 1983) presents a survey of traditional Japanese architecture. The book covers all the major architectural sites and includes a map of Japanese architecture and travel directions.

Until now, there has been no recourse for those seeking, through a single book, to increase their appreciation of the whole range of traditional Japanese architecture. With the publication of What Is Japanese Architecture?, however, this situation has finally been rectified. Construction, design, carpentry, and the background of Japanese architecture, from pre-history to mid nineteenth century, are here made available within the covers of a single compact book.

With over 300 drawings that illuminate the essentials of discussion more concretely than words could ever do, and a text that is succinct and always to the point, the book is divided into four parts – one each dealing chronologically with religious structures, residences, castles, and places of entertainment. The reader learns not only how each of these fields of architecture has developed over the centuries and what distinguishes the buildings of one age from those of another, but something of the historical conditions and the people responsible for these changes as well as the role played by carpentry and methods of construction.
– Kazuo Nishi and Kazuo Hozumi, What is Japanese Architecture? A survey of traditional Japanese architecture (Kodansha International, 1983), excerpt from the book description

The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with architectural drawings.

Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean, no markings. The glueing of the binding is firm. The covers show only some minor signs of shelf wear and use.

Weight 490 g
Dimensions 25,7 × 18,5 × 1,2 cm
Author(s)

Kazuo Hozumi, Kazuo Nishi

Publisher

Kodansha International

Publishing year

1983

Language

Images

architectural drawings, drawings (b&w)

Binding

Paperback

Condition

Number of pages

144

ISBN

4-7700-1992-0