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The building of Horyu-ji : the technique and wood that made it possible

Author: 西岡常一, 1908-1995, author. 小原二郎, ; Tsunekazu Nishioka; Jirō Kohara; Michael Brase
Publisher: Tokyo : Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, [2016] ©2016
Series: Japan library (Shuppan Bunka Sangyō Shinkō Zaidan)
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"Horyu-ji temple was first erected in the 7th century and has come down to us today in the magnificent form it achieved in 711, over 1,300 years ago. It has given lie to the common misconception that wood is destined to quickly rot and decay, and has demonstrated the enduring value of wood, not to mention the fact that the temple has been designated a World Heritage Site as the earth's oldest wooden structure.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 西岡常一, 1908-1995, author. 小原二郎, ; Tsunekazu Nishioka; Jirō Kohara; Michael Brase
ISBN: 9784916055590 4916055594
OCLC Number: 946048810
Notes: "Originally published in Japanese language, under the title of 'Hōryū-ji o sasaeta ki' by NHK Publishing, Inc. in 1978"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 222 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 22 cm.
Contents: The Asuka period and wood --
The appeal of trees --
Rich in wood, poor in trees --
Wood is alive --
Hinoki and the Japanese people --
The transportation of wood in ancient times --
Thoughts on Hinoki.
Series Title: Japan library (Shuppan Bunka Sangyō Shinkō Zaidan)
Other Titles: Hōryūji o sasaeta ki.
Horyu-ji :
(Eibunban) Hōryūji o sasaeta ki
Responsibility: Tsunekazu Nishioka and Jiro Kohara ; translated by Michael Brase.

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"Horyu-ji temple was first erected in the 7th century and has come down to us today in the magnificent form it achieved in 711, over 1,300 years ago. It has given lie to the common misconception that wood is destined to quickly rot and decay, and has demonstrated the enduring value of wood, not to mention the fact that the temple has been designated a World Heritage Site as the earth's oldest wooden structure. Here Tsunekazu Nishioka, the master carpenter who undertook the repair of this monumental structure in the mid 20th century, shares the insights and knowledge he gained from that experience. To make Nishioka's words and observations more easily understood by later generations, Jiro Kohara has buttressed them with scientific experiments and commentary, bringing into sharp view Hory-ji's long-concealed mysteries and secrets. The result is a revealing picture of Japan's immemorial love of trees and wood, a broad-ranging introduction to the country's wood culture." from back cover.

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