Japanese homes and their surroundings (Google eBook)

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Harper, 1885 - Architecture, Japanese - 372 pages
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User Review  - Vit - Goodreads

Even if you are not interested in Japanese traditional architecture and do not care about Japanese, still it is a precious book. Edward Morse opens his heart to Japanese culture and rewarded himself ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian - Goodreads

Morse portrays the image of the typical Japanese home for the curious westener. Simple and strait forward, this is an light and easy read with many beautiful images Read full review

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Page 14 - Japanese house; it is a constant source of perplexity and annoyance to most of them. An Englishman particularly, whom Emerson says he finds “to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes,” recognizes but little merit in the apparently frail and perishable nature of these structures.
Page xxxiii - it is safe to say that The foundations of Physical Science would remain unshaken, and that the vast intellectual progress- of the last two centuries would be largely though incompletely recorded.
Page 336 - on a horse's back, to make use of a Japanese writer's comparison. The logs which kept the two trees laid on the ridge in their place have taken the form of short cylindrical pieces of timber tapering towards each extremity, which have been compared by foreigners to cigars. In Japanese they are called
Page 335 - and thatched with the grass called lcaya. In modern buildings the uprights of a house stand upon large stones laid on the surface of the earth ; but this precaution against decay had not occurred to the ancients, who planted the uprights in holes dug in the ground. The
Page 25 - the satisfactory effect of their buildings arises from their adhering to this simple though expensive mode of construction. They were perfectly acquainted with the use of the arch and its properties, but they knew that its employment would introduce complexity and confusion into their designs, and therefore they wisely rejected it. Even to the
Page 50 - there is something truly majestic in the appearance -of the broad and massive temples, with the grand upward sweep of their heavily-tiled roofs and deep-shaded eaves, with intricate maze of supports and carvings beneath; the whole sustained on colossal round posts locked and tied together by equally massive timbers.
Page 336 - have been somewhat lengthened, and carved more or less elaborately. At the new temple at Kudanzaka in Yedo they are shown in the proper position, projecting from the inside of the shingling; but in the majority of cases they merely consist of two pieces of wood in the form of the letter X, which rest on the ridge of the roof like a
Page 335 - tools had been invented, the dwellings of the people who inhabited these islands were constructed of young trees with the bark . on, fastened together with ropes made of the rush (suge, — Scirpus maritimus), or
Page 231 - A household shrine to which the children pay voluntary and natural devotion are the birds' nests built within the house. It is a common thing, not only in the country but in large cities like Tokio, for a species of swallow, hardly to be distinguished from the European species, to build its nest in the
Page 337 - He mentions the children's playthings and sweetmeats in the shops as looking exactly as when he went away, and wonders whether he will find as little change in the hearts of his. friends. He had purposely left Yamazaki in the evening in. order that it might be night when he reached his own

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