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Japan's wooden heritage: a journey through a thousand years of architecture

By: Fujimori, Terunobu.
Contributor(s): Fujitsuka, Mitsumasa [Co-author] | Larrabee, Hart [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) 2017Description: 203 p.: col. ill.ISBN: 9784916055828.Subject(s): Japan | Architecture | Vernacular architecture | Wooden - Frame buildings | Building - WoodenDDC classification: 720.95209 Summary: Japan’s Wooden Heritage: A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture brings together essays by architectural historian Terunobu Fujimori, photographs by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka, and commentary by structural engineer Mikio Koshihara that originally appeared in Kateigaho, Japan’s premier magazine of art and culture, supplemented with additional essays by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka. Japan’s world-renowned tradition of wooden architecture has frequently been the subject of both specialist and popular texts. Indeed, from ancient Shinto shrine buildings to imposing Buddhist temples, rustic farmhouses to merchant homes, multi-tiered pagodas to tea ceremony spaces, the stylistic breadth of traditional Japanese architecture across the centuries offers a dazzling array of material through which to glimpse Japan’s history and culture. Whether lavishly photographed coffee table books, technical treatments filled with meticulous diagrams, or ethnographic works focusing on regional variation, there is no shortage of books surveying outstanding examples of traditional Japanese architecture. What distinguishes this volume is its selection of 23 locations including well-known temples and shrines but also lesser-known structures such as a kabuki theater, covered bridges, and an old ferryman’s hut to represent a broad scope of architectural styles, functions, and time periods; the outstanding photographs; and the distinct approaches taken by each of the three essayists. As an architectural historian, Fujimori engagingly illuminates where each building stands in the context of the evolution of Japanese architecture from early pit dwellings and raised-floor buildings through the elaborate complexity of the Edo period. Focusing on origins, he places each building in a deeper context beyond its superficial characteristics. Fujitsuka’s essays describe his efforts to capture the essence of each site through his photography, recounting episodes from the shoots that give a visceral sense of being there. His photographs reveal new aspects of even familiar buildings by employing rarely seen camera angles and his particular sensitivity to light and shadow. Koshihara brings the perspective of a structural engineer to each building, describing distinctive construction methods and how they contribute to earthquake resistance. Filled with new discoveries for the reader, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Japan’s architecture, history and culture. https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/architecture/japans-wooden-heritage/
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This book is translated from the Japanese language of Nihon isan: sennen no kenchiku o tebi suru by Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc. in 2014

Table of content

The Jodo-do (Pure Land Hall) at Jodo-ji Temple
The Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall) at Byodo-in Temple
Kintai-kyo Bridge
Matsumoto Castle
Otaki Shrine
The Nakamura House at Narai-juku
The Zao-do Hall at Kinpusen-ji Temple
The old Konpira Grand Theatre (Kanamaru-za)
The Goshado of Akagami Shrine
Rinshun-kaku Villa
Nageire-do Hall
Covered bridges
The Sanjusangen-do Hall (Rengeo-in Temple)
The main hall at Izumo Taisha Shrine
The Kannon-do Hall at Kasamori-ji Temple
Seison-kaku Villa
The Aizu Sazae-do Hall
The ferryman's hut at Suge
The O-do (Great Hall) at Fuki-ji Temple
The five-tiered pagoda at Rurikō-ji Temple
The Tsubokawa House
The Jo-an Tea Ceremony House
Itsukushima Shrine
Wooden Heritage seen with as architectonic eye
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Japan’s Wooden Heritage: A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture brings together essays by architectural historian Terunobu Fujimori, photographs by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka, and commentary by structural engineer Mikio Koshihara that originally appeared in Kateigaho, Japan’s premier magazine of art and culture, supplemented with additional essays by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka.
Japan’s world-renowned tradition of wooden architecture has frequently been the subject of both specialist and popular texts. Indeed, from ancient Shinto shrine buildings to imposing Buddhist temples, rustic farmhouses to merchant homes, multi-tiered pagodas to tea ceremony spaces, the stylistic breadth of traditional Japanese architecture across the centuries offers a dazzling array of material through which to glimpse Japan’s history and culture.
Whether lavishly photographed coffee table books, technical treatments filled with meticulous diagrams, or ethnographic works focusing on regional variation, there is no shortage of books surveying outstanding examples of traditional Japanese architecture.
What distinguishes this volume is its selection of 23 locations including well-known temples and shrines but also lesser-known structures such as a kabuki theater, covered bridges, and an old ferryman’s hut to represent a broad scope of architectural styles, functions, and time periods; the outstanding photographs; and the distinct approaches taken by each of the three essayists.
As an architectural historian, Fujimori engagingly illuminates where each building stands in the context of the evolution of Japanese architecture from early pit dwellings and raised-floor buildings through the elaborate complexity of the Edo period. Focusing on origins, he places each building in a deeper context beyond its superficial characteristics.
Fujitsuka’s essays describe his efforts to capture the essence of each site through his photography, recounting episodes from the shoots that give a visceral sense of being there. His photographs reveal new aspects of even familiar buildings by employing rarely seen camera angles and his particular sensitivity to light and shadow.
Koshihara brings the perspective of a structural engineer to each building, describing distinctive construction methods and how they contribute to earthquake resistance.
Filled with new discoveries for the reader, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Japan’s architecture, history and culture.

https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/architecture/japans-wooden-heritage/

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