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Japanese restoration

'Hozon' is a Japanese term associated with all the activities devoted to the preservation of an object, writes John Fidler. At first sight, the well-produced and lavishly illustrated book of that title* could be taken as a bilateral apologia for the 'golden age' restoration-school of dealing with old buildings. This study, by a German government mission focused on Japanese thought and practice in building conservation, talks of being 'liberated from the restrictive corset of antiquated ...

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