Ryokan. A Japanese tradition

Oprawa: miękka, Format: 21,6x25,3 cm, Stron: 336,  2005 r., tekst ang.

In the ryokan, the traditional Japanese guesthouse, building and landscape are melded in harmonic unity. The customs, art, and history of Japan become a vivid, personal experience. - Richly illustrated articles discussing art forms, ways of life, and traditional rituals in ancient Japan: architecture, painting, color woodcuts, ceramics, ikebana, select foods, clothing, no theater, martial arts, seasonal festivals, and more - Extensive glossary of terms relating to Japanese culture - High quality pictures by the internationally recognized photographers Narimi Hatano and Klaus Frahm A stay in a ryokan is far more than an overnight in a Japanese hotel - it is a journey through time that allows you to become a guest in Old Japan. Whatever form the ryokan may have, wherever it is located, you will participate in the traditional way of life of a country that remained isolated from foreign influences for more than a thousand years, and developed a unique, highly aesthetic, and fascinating culture. With only few compromises to modern times, a ryokan offers an experience of a world we thought was lost, in which we can immerse ourselves, detached from our everyday lives.

Ryokan. A Japanese tradition
Chikurin-in Gunpou-en, Yoshino
Sakura - Cherry blossom
Yoshino - refuge of spirits and of emperors
Chikurin-in Gunpou-en - shrine and inn
The paintings of the Chikurin-in Gunpou-en
Cherry blossom as a synthesis of the arts
The princess and the cherry blossom
Futami-kan Hintjitsu-kan, Futamiguara
The way of the Gods - Ise
Shimenewa - The sacred rope
Meiji and Taisho - East and West
Shoin - Formal Way of dwlling and life
Art scene - Japan and the West
Hanaya, Bessho Onsen
Celebrated warlods and regional significance
The Hanaya - an example of Japanese castle architecture
Light and shade
The azalea - "flower event" of the early summer
The Hanaya microcosm
refreshment and a feast for the eyes
The Japanese kimono
Japanese pagoda architecture 
Ishidaya, Yatsu
The iris
Light and shadow - the pale glow of the shoji
Nature worship and decoration on a "small" scale - goldfish and fans
Japanese screens - The "gilded" plant world
Japan and the West
The sythesis of garden, cult and living space
Kasa - The Japanese umbrella
Shouro-tei, Amanohashidate
Natura Naturans
Architecture and anthropology
Architecture and the aesthetics of tea
"Natural products" in all spheres of life
Chikutei Yagyu-no-sho, Shuzenji 
Shibui konomi An elusive phase of Japanese aestheticism
Take - bamboo
Yagyu shinkage-ryu, dojo and bo
Kendo - The way of the sword
Shinai - The bamboo fencing stave
The residences of the Heian nobility - shinden
Kai-awase and uta-karuta - art and games
Kaisekiryori - courtly cusine
Ohashi-ya, O-aza Akasaka
Noren - the sign
The japanese townhouse and business premises
Engelbert Kampfer - a German naturalist on the Tokaido
The Tokaido
Matsuo Basho - the "Saint of haiku"
Masu-no-ya, Oshigusa
The traditional minka 
The "room" in the Japanese house
Irori and jizai-kagi
Silkworm breeding in the minka
Perfect elegance in straw, reed and bamboo
Dan-bayashi, Kuta, Sakyo-ku
The Way of the Samurai
Samurai residence
Life in the Japanese house
Sho and Calligraphy
Choju-kan, Hoshi Onsen
Golden-red vanitas splendor of the Japanese autumn
Living tradition in Choju-kan
Irori, hibachi, tabako-bon and kotatsu - Japanese "sources of warmth"
The ayu
The onsen - An illustrative visit to the bathouse
The bath
Hakkei-tei, Hikone
Hakkei-tei - asukiya world filled with live
Sukiya decor - features of sukiya
A relaxed version of shoin
The Katsura - "the neighboring palace"
The symbiosis of palace and garden
The Katsura Teahouse
The Sukiya atmosphere
Shugakuin - An imperial residence
Cha-do - The Tea Way, cha-no-yu - The Tea Ceremony
The chrysanthemum - Nature's Ornament and Mythology
Byobu as decorative room dividers and "poetry books"
Niki Club, Nasu
East and West - Tradition and contemporary building materials
Japan adaptation
The tatami
East and West - Japanese customs in "modern" Japan
Japanese emotion and its suppresision
Ryugon, Muikamachi
The preservation of buildings and ways of life
The chumonzukuri style
"National heritage" rather than modern comfort
Japanese carpenters and the art of woodworking
Kumi-te and tsugi-te - The "art of making joints"
Ramma - "Architectural objets d'art
Sensible "multipuropse aesthetics"
The futon
Chadai - Tea Money
Japanese aestheticism
Ike-bana - The order art of flower arranging
Japanese ceramics
Tansu - Jap nese furniture
Bibliographical notes
List of illustrations
General map