The Genius of Eastern Carpentry tells the tale of the 1200-yr-vintage Yakushiji monastery in Nara and the devoted up to date-day craftsmen who’re running to revive what has been misplaced to the depredations of time, hearth and conflict. Even though the entire monastery reconstruction is probably not finished till 2030, one of the crucial number one temples, the Image Corridor, has been completely restored using the similar woodworking generation used to create the original development.

This new model of an architectural vintage is via Azby Brown—one of the crucial global’s top mavens on Eastern structure. It accommodates a brand new preface and plenty of new textual content fabrics and pictures—so much of them now to be had in colour for the primary time. Azby Brown chronicles the painstaking recovery of the temple thru intensive interviews with the carpenters and woodworkers together with unique drawings in response to the plans of grasp wood worker Tsunekazu Nishioka.

An inspiring testomony to the willpower of those craftsmen and their philosophy of carpentry paintings as a type of non-public achievement, The Genius of Eastern Carpentry gives specified documentation of this singular venture and a shifting reminder of the original cultural continuity present in Japan.