So rich and unique is traditional Japanese architecture that
it’s hard to improve upon. Yet contemporary Japanese designers and
architects keep finding new ways to refurbish and take inspiration from
the ways of old. Whether it’s a pristinely preserved traditional house
or a cutting-edge apartment, the best Japanese homes share a love of
cleverly designed spaces and warm materials such as wood, bricks, and
bamboo. From a thatched roof farmhouse occupied by a Zen priest to Tadao
Ando’s experimental 4x4 House, Shigeru Ban’s conceptual Shutter House,
and a beautiful homage to bamboo in the form of a home, this book
traverses the multifaceted landscape of Japanese living today. Also
included is a list of addresses and a glossary of terms, such as tatami.
Swiss photographer Reto Guntli
based in Zurich, regularly travels the world shooting for international
magazines. He has published numerous books and contributed to TASCHEN
publications such as Inside Asia, Living in Japan, Living in Bali, Great Escapes Asia
and Great Escapes Europe.
Author, art collector, calligrapher, and director of programs in traditional Asian arts, Alex Kerr
has lived in Japan and Thailand since 1964. As a writer, he is known for Lost Japan
(1996) and Dogs and Demons
Kathy Arlyn Sokol
is a Kyoto-based media professional with a background in print and
broadcast journalism. An Emmy award-winning narrator and contributing
editor at Kyoto Journal, she has lived in Japan for twenty-seven years.
studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her
doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has
published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design,
travel, and lifestyle.