民家移築: 合掌造りに暮らす

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Kodansha International, Apr 26, 2002 - House & Home - 167 pages
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Japanese Country Style introduces sixteen unique and sumptuous homes rescued by Yoshihiro Takishita, a professional antiquarian, and illustrates how his renovations rejuvenated these all-but-forgotten architectural gems. Takishita candidly discusses the thoughts and inspirations that led him to adapt and convert these centuries-old farmhouses for modern living. Chapters on their unique history and construction demonstrate the value of these towering traditional homes, and illustrate their place in Japanese rural life, where several generations often lived under the same roof which allowed for a horse in the stable area and silkworms in the attic.

Japanese Country Style also showcases the artful blending of traditional Japanese elements with modern lifestyles. Tatami rooms, Japanese antiques, traditional wooden furniture, and other treasures fill the rooms of these homes, and evoke the understated elegance of country-style living. With over 200 photographs and illustrations of beautifully refurbished folk homes, this volume presents a portrait of a sublime yet simple way of life that will give anyone interested in design and architecture a host it useful ideas.

This books adopts a bilingual format, providing both Japanese and English commentary.
 

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YOSHIHIRO TAKISHITA was born in Gifu Prefecture in 1945 and graduated with a law degree from Tokyo's Waseda University in 1967. While still a student, he learned of a 250-year-old farmhouse (minka) near his home town that was about to be submerged in the construction of a local reservoir. Impressed by the dignity of the structure, he arranged to have the house moved to a site in Kamakura, where it was rebuilt as a home for his American foster father.

He then took eighteen months off and hitchhiked around the world, visiting thirty-six countries. On his return in 1971, he established The House of Antiques, where he sells furniture, ceramics, and other antiques. After enthusiastic clients praised the reconstructed farmhouse in Kamakura and urged him to build more, he began rebuilding and renovating other traditional farmhouses. To date, he has carried out thirty renovations, four of them overseas.

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