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Rudofsky, Bernard, The Kimono Mind, Garden City, NY, Doubleday & Company, 1965, First edition, 8vo (9.5" x 6.25"), yellow cloth boards w/ black spine in green/beige photographic dj, VG- / G+. Production flaw to dedication page & p. 11 (We have laid in a photocopy of the text to compensate for the flaw.) Back board bowed inward. Cloth bright, internally clean otherwise. DJ price-clipped, rubbing & waterstains on back.

Subtitled: An Informal Guide to Japan and the Japanese. 283 pp. Many b&w illustrations. "The Kimono Mind is a guide only in the sense that it persuades the reader to forego the inanity of industrialized tourism and strike out a line of his own". Best known for his in-depth world study of vernacular architecture, "Architecture without Architects", Rudofsky examines how the Japanese see us, and invites us to know them his examination of them - their traditions and the subtle details of their culture. He explores the Japanese through their language, art, architecture, philosophy, noting the pervasive impact of rituals and traditions on social etiquette, dining and every aspect of home life.

Book design by the author, illustrated with b&w reproductions of woodcuts, drawings, prints. An inciteful and accessible observation of modern Japanese culture seen through the keen eyes of this iconoclastic architect-turned-critic.     [Book ID # 177]


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