Was Meiji Taste in Interiors "Orientalist?"

  title={Was Meiji Taste in Interiors "Orientalist?"},
  author={Jordan Sand},
  journal={positions: east asia cultures critique},
  pages={637 - 673}
  • J. Sand
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Art
  • positions: east asia cultures critique
TheMeiji elite adoptedmanyof the styles and tastes of theVictorianWest. In domestic architecture, this is seen particularly in the interiors of “Westernstyle” pavilions and reception rooms (yōkan or yōma). This style, however, cannot be construed in any simple sense as Western. Most of these houses were built by Japanese carpenters and reveal the construction techniques to which native craftsmen were accustomed. Rooms were often appointed with furnishings both domestic and foreign in… 
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