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Little Meech Outflow

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Gatineau Park, Quebec


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Himeji-jo Corridor

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Himeji-jo Corridor
© 2010 Darren DeRidder. Originally uploaded by soto voce
A room within one of the outer walls of Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan.

Himeji-jo no Kabe

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Himeji-jo no Kabe
© 2010 Darren DeRidder. Originally uploaded by soto voce
Himeji castle wall, Himeji, Japan

Japanese Craftsmanship

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In his wonderful and comprehensive book, "Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings", first published in 1885 and now available from Google Books, Edward S. Morse writes the following delightful description of Japanese home-building craftsmanship.


Within these houses there are often to be seen marvels of exquisite carving, and the perfection of cabinet work; and surprise follows surprise, as one becomes more fully acquainted with the interior finish of these curious and remarkable dwellings.
... as to altering the present plan of housebuilding... If such changes are effected, then will perish many of the best features of true Japanese art, which has been the surprise and admiration of Western nations, and of which in the past they have been the unwitting cause of modification and degradation it has already undergone. A somewhat extended experience with the common everyday carpenter at home leads me to say, without fear of contradiction, that in matters pertaining to their craft th…

Origami Flight

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Paper Airplane Sculpture, Toronto Pearson International Airport


©2011 Darren DeRidder