“The photographs alone are enough to keep readers entranced for hours, but tear your eyes away and the text is equally enthralling.”
Living in Japan. 40th Ed.
Hardcover, 6.1 x 8.5 in., 2.93 lb, 480 pages
Japanese homes are refuges of tranquility, crafted in a unique domestic aesthetic of Eastern minimalism. Traditional architecture features alongside cutting-edge contemporary dwellings in this collection of homes, with many never-before-seen photographs. Turn to the rising sun and discover the fluid simplicity of these spaces where Zen philosophy breathes.
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Customer reviews (4)
Today’s most exceptional Japanese homesSo rich and unique is traditional Japanese architecture that it’s nearly impossible to improve upon. Yet contemporary Japanese designers and architects keep finding fresh approaches to refurbish and take inspiration from the ways of old. Whether it’s a pristinely preserved traditional house or a sleek modern apartment, the best Japanese homes share a love of cleverly designed spaces and warm materials like wood, brick, and bamboo.
From a thatched roof farmhouse occupied by a Zen priest to Tadao Ando’s experimental 4x4 House, from Shigeru Ban’s conceptual Shutter House to a beautiful domestic homage to bamboo, this elegant compendium traverses the multifaceted landscape of Japanese living today.
Enriched by 170 brand new, unpublished photographs, this edition takes you on breathtaking journey through the Land of the Rising Sun—complete with a list of addresses, should you wish to undertake this journey to Japan’s most fascinating inns and homes yourself. An insightful glossary of key terms, such as tatami, shoji, and noren, will also help you come to grips with all elements of Japan’s unique aesthetic of Eastern minimalism.
TASCHEN is 40! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible publishing, helping bookworms around the world curate their own library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia at an unbeatable price. Today we celebrate 40 years of incredible books by staying true to our company credo. The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program—now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.
Customer reviews (4)
Abel, November 05, 2021
I could said, I am a huge fan of your works from long ago. Now, that I can afford money to buy and time to read, my life is more joyful. Thank you very much.
Living in Japan
John H., October 27, 2021
Fabulous book! Excellent photos! Bought it for my daughter and son-in-law who just got back from living in Yokohama for two years. I’m sure they’re going to love it (unless I keep it!)
A Japonists dream come true
Jeroen, October 27, 2021
With this book Taschen brings even the most hardcore Japan traveller back to the origins of the minimalistic architecture of the country of contrasts.
Sehr schönes Buch
Christian, November 02, 2021
Das Buch ist für alle Japanliebhaber ein Muss. Wunderbare Fotografien zeigen ein breit gefächertes Bild japanischer Bauten - von traditionell bis modern.