Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty
Kodansha International, 2003 - 110 sivua
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.
Whether for people who are interested in castles themselves and wish to compare Japanese castles with others they are familiar with, or for people who would like to know more about this unique example of world architecture, or for those who would like to add to their knowledge of samurai and Japanese culture, Castles of the Samurai provides a delightful visual treat and absorbing reading experience. The book also contains information for tourists who plan to visit the sites of the surviving castles.
Mitä ihmiset sanovat - Kirjoita arvostelu
Yhtään arvostelua ei löytynyt.
WHO BUILT THE CASTLES AND WHY?
Stone Walls and Moats
The AzuchiMomoyama Style
Muita painoksia - Näytä kaikki
attack Azuchi base battle beauty became building built called capital castle's century colors compound construction corners covered daimyo decorated defensive destroyed domains early Edo castle effective enemy face family crest fire fortress Fushimi gable gate grounds Hikone castle hill Himeji castle imperial important inner Inuyama Japan Japanese Kanazawa castle Kochi castle Kumamoto Kyoto layout leading leyasu lived located lord main enclosure main tower Maruoka materials Matsue Matsumoto castle meters military moats mountain mud walls Museum Nagoya castle nature needed Oda Nobunaga opening original Osaka Osaka castle palace period placed plain plaster position protected remain roof samurai seen shachihoko shape shogunate shooting holes side simple stone walls stone-dropping windows storehouse stories strength style surrounding symbol tenshu territory tiles Tokugawa took Toyotomi Hideyoshi usually Warring warrior wood wooden