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THE JAPANESE HOUSE: Architecture and Interiors. Photographs by Noboru Murata, text by Alexandra Black. Boston/Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2000, 216 pp., copiously illustrated, 4,500 yen.

Though the architect Le Corbusier learned a lot from Japan, he could not have been thinking of this country when he wrote his well-known dictum: “A house is a machine for living in.”

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