Japan's Wooden Heritage
A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture
Fujimori Terunobu and Fujitsuka Mitsumasa
Translated by Hart Larrabee
Paperback | ISBN 978-4-916055-82-8 | 204 pages | 257mm (h) x 182mm (w) | March 2017
- About the Book
Japan's Wooden Heritage: A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture brings together essays by architectural historian Fujimori Terunobu, photographs by Fujitsuka Mitsumasa, and commentary by structural engineer Koshihara Mikio that originally appeared in Kateigahō, Japan's premier magazine of art and culture, supplemented with additional essays by Fujitsuka Mitsumasa.
What distinguishes this volume is its selection of 23 locations—including well-known temples and shrines but also lesser-known structures—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.
Fujimori engagingly illuminates where each building stands in the context of the evolution of Japanese architecture. 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 employ 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.
- About the Author
Born in Nagano prefecture in 1946, Fujimori is a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and director of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. He graduated from the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at Tohoku University in 1971 and completed the doctoral course in architecture in the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1978.
Born in Tokyo in 1939, Fujitsuka graduated from the Tokyo Junior College of Photography in 1961. After working in the editorial department of the monthly magazine Interia: Japan Interior Design, he struck out on his own in 1965. At a time when architectural photography typically employed large-format cameras, he was one of the first to make full use of the 35mm camera to capture and compile architecture, environments, and art.
Born in Chiba prefecture in 1968. Koshihara graduated from the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1992 and earned his doctorate in engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2001. After working at Structural Design Group (SDG) and as an associate professor at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), he assumed his position as professor at IIS in 2012.