Getting to Noh: Myths of Japanese Minimalism

The Shinto shrine known as Nikkō Tōshō-gū is located in the mountains two hours north of Tokyo. Built-in 1617 as the mausoleum of the first Tokugawa shōgun, it was substantially reconstructed in 1636 by the master carpenter Kora Bungo no Kami Munehiro. Though little known in the west, he is one of history’s great artisan geniuses. (He was also responsible for the Taitoku-in, a complex in Tokyo that was one of the greatest cultural casualties of World War II.)

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