Forms in Japan by Yuichiro Kojiro ; Translated by Kenneth Yasuda ; Photographs by Yukio Futagawa
Honolulu : East-West Center Press, 1965. Hardcover. 184 pages ; illustrations ; 29 cm. With original dust jacket, firm binding, and clean pages.
FORM may be the most distinguishing characteristic of the Japanese world. It permeates and regulates everything the Japanese make, wear, think, revere, and use. Nor has this had a carefully articulated design vocabulary which they draw on at all levels of creative endeavor. However, since this vocabulary is relevant only within their own language, it has not been generally understood or appreciated outside Japan.
Yuichiro Kojiro, noted Japanese architectural critic, has here given us the first real look into the mystery of Japanese design by making a systematic analysis of these principles in universal terms.
Translated by Kenneth Yasuda, famous for his book THE JAPANESE HAIKU, this volume is now available in English with the same spectacular photographs by Yukio Futagawa as appear in the original Japanese edition.
Since much of the difficulty of understanding Japanese aesthetic principles turns on the definition of basic but esoteric terms, Professor Yasuda has also provided a glossary of these terms which will very likely serve as a reference tool for many years to come.
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