Windows and the traditional arts and crafts

Words | Ron Lam Translation | Iris Heung
WindowScape 3: Windows and Workspace by Tsukamoto Yoshiharu
Recommended by Norihiko Miyasako

In 2010, architect Tsukamoto Yoshiharu published his first book from the WindowScape series. The book takes on an investigative angle to study windows around the world, as well as the relationship between windows and the local habitudes. The third book of the series was finally released in 2017. To prepare for WindowScape 3: Windows and Workspace, Tsukamoto visited studios of many Japanese artisans to explore the role of windows in architecture that serves a particular function.

‘This is actually the most popular book series of our publishing house. I am always intrigued to learn about Tsukamoto’s new angle of discussing windows whenever there is a new book from the series to be published. Naturally, I was fascinated by how he talks about windows through the work of Japanese artisans.

‘Every shape is designed for a reason. The number of windows in a building is determined by its function. Windows of the Japanese residence share a similar design because they are in fact bound by the specific regulations in Japan. The book taught me about the intertwined relationship between windows and workspace; my newly acquired knowledge then brings me greater pleasure in appreciating windows of the traditional buildings in old towns. In his book, Tsukamoto introduces to his readers many of the buildings in Kyoto. Living in Kyoto, I have the luck to actually visit many of the buildings and their windows, and to recognize the important role windows play in this ancient capital.

‘With its many photos and illustrations, WindowScape 3: Windows and Workspace brings to its readers an enjoyable experience even if one merely skims through the pages.’

Norihiko Miyasako
Born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan in 1981. Miyasako worked as a buyer for a mega bookstore chain upon graduation, and is now working for Film Art, the publisher of cinema- and art-related books. In 2016, Miyasako founded a small bookshop called Montag Booksellers in Nishijin district of Kyoto that specializes in foreign literature.