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YASUFUMI NAKAMORI, Katsura – Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro , New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN-10: 0300163339, £35

YASUFUMI NAKAMORI, Katsura – Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by... YASUFUMI NAKAMORI, Katsura ­ Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN-10: 0300163339, £35 Located in the leafy suburbs of the ancient capital of Kyoto, the Katsura Imperial Villa is generally acknowledged as the quintessence of Japanese architecture. It possesses a beguiling combination of rustic simplicity, picturesque beauty and contrived intimacy arguably Architectural Heritage XXIV (2013): 119­125 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/arch unsurpassed by any other building in Japan. It has been compared to a Mondrian-esque painting but this convenient interpretation belies the real story at Katsura. In reality it is not a precursor to Modernism but a deeply personal response by its designer, Prince Toshihito, to the social mores of his age. It is essentially a vehicle to facilitate a life of cultivated leisure and engender the development of cultural pastimes such as poetry, painting, calligraphy and the tea-making ceremony. The Prince was an enthusiast of literature especially The Tale of Genji (written around 978 and regarded as the first ever novel). One chapter, entitled `The Wind in the Pines', makes specific reference to `. . . the country village of Katsura, [where] the reflection of the moon http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

YASUFUMI NAKAMORI, Katsura – Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro , New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN-10: 0300163339, £35

Architectural Heritage , Volume 24 (1): 119 – Nov 1, 2013

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2013
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Reviews; Historical Studies
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2013.0049
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YASUFUMI NAKAMORI, Katsura ­ Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN-10: 0300163339, £35 Located in the leafy suburbs of the ancient capital of Kyoto, the Katsura Imperial Villa is generally acknowledged as the quintessence of Japanese architecture. It possesses a beguiling combination of rustic simplicity, picturesque beauty and contrived intimacy arguably Architectural Heritage XXIV (2013): 119­125 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/arch unsurpassed by any other building in Japan. It has been compared to a Mondrian-esque painting but this convenient interpretation belies the real story at Katsura. In reality it is not a precursor to Modernism but a deeply personal response by its designer, Prince Toshihito, to the social mores of his age. It is essentially a vehicle to facilitate a life of cultivated leisure and engender the development of cultural pastimes such as poetry, painting, calligraphy and the tea-making ceremony. The Prince was an enthusiast of literature especially The Tale of Genji (written around 978 and regarded as the first ever novel). One chapter, entitled `The Wind in the Pines', makes specific reference to `. . . the country village of Katsura, [where] the reflection of the moon

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