A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Yagi

By Koji Yagi

Full of stylish designs and smart tips, A jap contact on your Home bargains daring and fascinating principles for transforming your place or adorning your condo. the writer, architect Koji Yagi, explains the fundamental components of eastern inside layout and indicates you the way to exploit them.

Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal parts of jap inside design-and see how fantastically they reply to the Western domestic. swap the dimensions and form of a room simply and tastefully with bamboo displays and movable walls. construct an easy Japanese-style alcove, beautify it with whatever specified, after which flaunt it. try out a few jap lights techniques-low, smooth, and gorgeous. swap the temper of a room, and alter your manner of issues.

A eastern contact in your Home comprises even more. useful, approachable, and genuine, it truly is written through a widespread eastern architect concerned with the calls for of up to date existence, and the solutions that conventional jap layout has to supply.

Over one hundred twenty colour plates taken through a number one jap photographer accompany the trained textual content. additionally, over 2 hundred black and white sketches, ground plans, and a piece on selfmade tasks make this a e-book that might pique your wish to be artistic after which help you satisfy it. a pragmatic consultant for householders, inside designers, and those that wish to paintings with their heads and their arms, this ebook will introduce you to a brand new approach to life.

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85, A corner converted into an alcove. 56 86. An ingeniously simple alcove. FRONT VIEW OF ALCOVE CROSS SECTION An overhang conceals the peg and the thick threads by which scrolls are hung. CROSS SECTION OF BASE Different materials are possible, but tatami and wood are most commonly used. , in height and may be raised another 8-12 in. A hanging alcove. 58 THE ALCOVE The development of the Japanese alcove (tokonoma) was in­ fluenced by a change in art connoisseurship several hundred years ago. In the Kamakura (1185-1392) and Muromachi (1392-1568) periods, a large number of Chinese paintings and art objects were imported into Japan and became the primary focus of attention.

A tatami bed. 61. A tatami dining set. 63. Tatami benches. 62. Borderless half-tatami mats 64. A tatami dais 45 TATAMI MATS In the Japanese home tatami mats are used as a surface for sit­ ting, sleeping, and walking on. Light enough to be carried by an adult, mats are composed of a thick rice straw core, a soft reed cover, and two borders of cloth or synthetic tape which protect the sides. Tatami are approximately 3 feet by 6 feet, about the size of a single bed, and l 3/4-2 1/2 inches thick. Tatami evolved over a long period, first beginning as a thin, easily folded straw mat on which people sat or slept.

Latticework The aforementioned screening devices, while allowing the passage of air and providing sufficient visual protection, failed in the old days to provide protection against theft. The solution was the development of wooden lattices. Although not as sturdy as iron lattices, the wooden variety found in Japan provided adequate security as well as another source of interior decoration, especially in contrast to white shoji doors and naturalcolored walls. If the latticed screen is badly deployed, the protective quality is emphasized.

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