B144. Ise: Prototype of Japanese Architecture, by Kenzo Tange
B144. Ise: Prototype of Japanese Architecture by Kenzo Tange, Noboru Kawazoe, & Yoshio Watanabe. 1965. Hardbound with dust jacket, 10 ¾ x 11 ¼”, 212 pages in English.
This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful book on Japanese architecture. Every 20 years since the 7th century, Ise Jinja is completely rebuilt on one of 2 identical, adjacent sites. After rebuilding and consecration, the old shrine is torn down. The shrine is surrounded by 4 layers of fence and only the functionaries of the shrine are allowed inside.
After the rebuilding of 1953, but before consecration, the authors and photographer were allowed inside to make this book. Photographs of Ise in any other book were taken from outside or from an airplane. The best design, the best carpentry, nothing but the best. I love this book.
Black & white photographs (including one 4 page fold out) and informative text. Other than a ¼” hole and a scrape on the back of the dust jacket, this book is in like new condition. 3 pounds, 15 ounces. $60.
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