Living in Japan is not a backward-looking book. While it gives the reader a glimpse into traditional Japanese houses with wooden frameworks and thatched roofs, more modern creations follow. Thus, it showcases the most sophisticated interiors of residences with façades entirely made from glass, in geometric, raw shapes, but that still bear the traces of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and minimalism, which can be found in all the details down to the fine lines of the wooden furniture.

Ugh! Taschen is probably the best publisher of coffeetable-books. And this book about Japanese architecture scratches my Japanophilia-itch a lot. I guess all I need now is a coffeetable.