2016 Snapshot 17 A Lexicon of Finishes

2016 Snapshot 17 A Lexicon of Finishes
At Sojiji Temple in Monzen, there are some intriguing architectural features.  The main buildings are still under repair, having suffered damage in the earthquake of 2007.  In the temple grounds, however, there is almost a complete textbook of traditional wall finishes—stone arranged in both formal and informal patterns, plastered walls and timber weather boarding.  All these finishes can be found all over Japan.  They come in a myriad of combinations.  They are so appealing, so inspiring and a testament to those who devised them and to those who so skilfully put them in place.

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