This illustrated lecture explores traditional forms of Japanese architecture.
The presentation does not take up the subject of modern or contemporary Japanese architecture. Instead it examines only traditional examples of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, aristocratic palaces and samurai mansions, castles, rural farmhouses and urban townhouses.
First the materials and construction techniques employed in traditional forms of Japanese architecture are examined and illustrated. Then we turn our attention to the functional and symbolic uses of space within various types of traditional structures.
Finally we learn to understand how traditional Japanese architecture can inspire us by learning what to look for and appreciate within a typical set of structures, rural and urban, sacred and secular, impoverished and aristocratic.
Come, then, join us in an examination of what we can learn to appreciate and understand about Japan and its cultural roots from an exploration of traditional Japanese architecture!
LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 27, 2001