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For a country that has such a strong image abroad of being conservative, Japan is surprisingly careless about its architectural heritage. Since the 19th century, traditional architecture has been consistently fading from the Japanese landscape. Here is a list of good sites about traditional Japanese Architecture:


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chioriChiiori Trust, The (ENG, JPN)
The Chiiori Trust works to solve problems in rural Japan caused by irresponsible modernization.

Elements of a Traditional Japanese InteriorElements of a Traditional Japanese Interior (ENG)
Brief introduction to the elements that make up a Japanese style house and interior. Features descriptions of Shinden-zukuri, Shoin-zukuri, Sukiya-zukuri, tatami, shoji and fusuma, tokonoma and more.

Important Preservation DistrictsImportant Preservation Districts (ENG, JPN)
In 1970, the system of Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings was established in Japan to preserve groups of buildings together with their surroundings. This site introduces these districts. Features a list of towns with photographs.

JAANUSJAANUS (ENG)
8000 terms related to traditional Japanese architecture and gardens, painting, sculpture and art-historical iconography from approximately the 1st century A.D. to the end of the Edo period (1868)

Minka ReuseJapan Minka Reuse & Recycle Association (ENG, JPN)
Traditional Japanese houses (Minka) are built with local wooden materials and techniques, suited to local climate. The JMRA aims to preserve and restore Minka.

Country StyleJapanese Country Style (ENG)
Site for the book of the same name by Yoshihiro Takishita. Preserving old Japanese farm houses by moving and renovating them for modern living.

KyomachiyanetKyomachiyanet (JPN)
Kyoto organization to regenerate Kyoto’s traditional machiya townhouses, Kyomachiya.

Farm HousesOpen-air Museum of Japanese Farm Houses (JPN)
In the middle of the industrial city of Osaka lies the Open-air Museum of Japanese Farm Houses with an excellent collection of authentic minka (farm houses).

Japanese HouseThe Japanese House (ENG)
Analysis of traditional Japanese domestic architecture as being based on long standing attitudes towards ideas of harmony. B&W illustrations on separate pages.

Traditional Japanese Architectural Design (ENG)
Washington, USA based Sukiya Japanese Architects & Builds Inc. builds authentic Japanese sukiya style buildings. Site features many photographs of traditional Japanese architecture.

Yasuko no Shinshou FuukeiYasuko no Shinshou Fuukei (ENG)
Photos of buildings and houses dating back to the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods.

Find more sites related to Japan at Japan Links. Special section for Traditional Architecture.

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