2019 History of Japanese Architecture

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Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yamazaki Taisuke 
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Course description and aims

This class is on the history of Japanese architecture, and it focuses on not only the styles but also their structural system, space construction and historic background.
It is necessary for the students who are expected to be successful architect in the world to learn how their own architectural culture had been changed and developed in its history.

Student learning outcomes

The aim of this class is to deepen our understandings on the characteristics of Japanese traditional architecture which are related to the rational wooden structural system and space construction.


history of architecture, Japan, tradition, cultural property, wooden structure

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

This class proceeds with textbook and some handouts. 15 minutes at the beginning of each class are assigned for the last review.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Prehistoric buildings Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 2 Ancient shrine buildings Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 3 Medieval shrine buildings Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 4 Advent of buddhism architecture Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 5 Japanization of buddhism architecture Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 6 Ancient residences for aristocrats Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 7 Medieval residences for warrior class Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 8 Medieval buddhism architecture Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 9 Influence of the Zen buddhism to Japanese garden and residence Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 10 Facilities of castle in pre-modern period Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 11 Palace and mausoleum Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 12 Skiya-style architecture Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 13 Tea ceremony rooms Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 14 Rural houses and historic villages Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 15 Conclusion Reading a textbook beforehand.


Nihon Kenchiku Gakkai "Nihon Kenciku-shi Zushu"(Shokoku-sha, 2011)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kiyoshi Hirai "The Japanese House Then and Now"( Ichigaya shuppan-kai, 1998), Handouts

Assessment criteria and methods

A final report (70%) and a quiz at each class (30%) are required.

Related courses

  • the history of modern architecture
  • the history of western architecture

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