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Design Method of Zen-Style Bracket Sets Recorded in the Japanese Carpentry Manual Kamakura Zoei Myomoku (Part 1): A Comparative Study with the Chinese Manual Yingzao Fashi – A Secondary Publication

Tadanori Sakamoto1 Muping Bao2,3
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1 Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Kobe, Hyogo, 651-0056 Japan
2 Faculty of Science and Engineering, Yamato University, Suita City, Osaka Prefecture, 564-0082, Japan
3 Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Mekuro, Tokyo, 153-8505
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2020, 2(1), 259 https://doi.org/10.36922/jcau.v2i1.259
Published: 6 December 2022
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Abstract

Through a comparison with the traditional Chinese manual Yingzao Fashi (Technical Treatise on Architecture and Craftsmanship), this paper analyzes the composition and design methods of Zen-style bracket sets described in the Kamakura Zoei Myomoku, a technical document inherited by the Kawachi family of carpenters at the Kenchoji Temple in Kamakura, Japan from the 13th to 19th century. As a result, the paper suggests that there were some similarities between Chinese and Japanese modular designs, which both used the cross-section of Gong as the basic unit, while other techniques like the use of a baseline for equal spacing and the rafter size as the basic unit, are considered to be Japanese innovations.

Keywords
Zen-style
bracket set
woodworking manuals
Kamakura Zoei Myomoku
Yingzao Fashi
Gongcheng Zuofa Zeli
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Conflict of interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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