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Japanese Architecture: Traditional Skills and Natural Materials

Price:
2,800 yen (JPY)
Supervisor:
Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan
Language:
In Japanese and English
Size:
256 × 185 × 14 mm, 510g
Pages:
152
Binding:
softcover
Release date:
20201221
ISBN:
978-4-86152-821-7 C0052

The beauty of Japanese buildings as revealed through exquisite architectural models.

Traditional Japanese architecture is marked by the working of natural materials such as wood, earth, and rock into remarkable structures. This precious cultural heritage has been preserved over the years in the form not only of the buildings themselves, but also of scale models created during repairs and other occasions. This book turns to those astoundingly executed, precise models for a historical overview of the consummate artistry and craftsmanship handed down through the generations in buildings of wide-ranging styles and techniques—everything from the seventh-century five-storied pagoda at Horyuji temple in Nara to the 1933 Nihombashi Takashimaya department store in Tokyo. Also included is a chapter on architectural plans, tools, and other materials illustrating “traditional skills, techniques and knowledge of the conservation and transmission of wooden architecture in Japan,” which was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2020. The accompanying discussion details efforts to overcome today’s challenges in passing Japan’s architectural heritage on to the next generation, including attracting and training new artisans, furthering skills, and securing tools and raw materials.

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