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THE JAPANESE DREAM HOUSE: How Technology and Tradition are Shaping New Home Design, by Azby Brown and Joseph Cali. Tokyo/New York: Kodansha International, 2001, pp. 132, profusely illustrated with Japanese-language translation insert, 6,000 yen.

This big, beautiful, well-designed book tells and shows how new building techniques are changing the look and feel of Japanese housing. Gone are the days of the rabbit-hutch. For those who can afford it, the new prefab home is spacious, comfortable, even elegant — as well as somehow Japanese.

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