Japanese Identities: Architecture Between Aesthetics and Nature

Japanese Identities takes us on a journey to the most magnificent buildings in Japan, from the 7th century A.D. to the present day. They range from meditative temples, shrines and gardens to contemporary architecture designed by Kengo Kuma, Kenzo Tange and Kazuyo Sejima for the country's modern big cities. Above all, it is possible to experience the fascinating juxtaposition of tradition and the modern age that characterises the country: the traditional principles of natural- and openness, the particular aesthetics of omissions, continue to be omnipresent in the contemporary high-tech buildings. This diverse, inspiring publication by the Japanese architect Yuichiro Edagawa is a pleasure to read, whether as a travel guide, an introduction to Japanese culture and history, or an architectural picture book.