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CASTLES OF THE SAMURAI: POWER AND BEAUTY. New edition. Jennifer Mitchelhill. Kodansha USA, Inc., New York, 2013. Original edition published 2003 by Kodansha International Ltd., Tokyo {Worldwide 112410}. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 110 pp. with 184 ills. (133 col.). 27 x 20 cm. ISBN 9781568365121 In English.
Publisher's description: The Castles of Japan are both technical and aesthetic marvels. They are technical marvels in that they are perfectly suited to their roles of defensive fortresses and administrative centers in time of war. They are aesthetic marvels in that every curve and line reflects an extraordinary sense of beauty. How these castles came about, how they were built, and what their ultimate fate was, all this is depicted in sensitive prose and eye-opening photography. The book is divided into four parts. The first deals with the question of who built these castles and why, taking a incisive look at Japanese history and the internecine fighting between samurai clans. The second part takes up the castle as a fortress - the importance of its location, its layout, stone walls and moats, towers, gates, shooting holes, and stone drops. The third part considers the beauty of the castle as a symbol, explaining not only the intricate craftsmanship seen in structural detail but also the aesthetics of the samurai class itself.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Japan — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158429
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