swiss architect and designer werner blaser (*1924) published many books about modern architecture. he worked with mies van der rohe, alvar aalto and others. after a travel to japan blaser compiled this book about classic japanese architecture in 1955. the influence of asian, especially japanese aesthetics on western modern art, architecture and (graphic) design can hardly be overestimated. in this book, the minimalistic, grid-based structures with strong black/white contrasts in classic japanese architecture are explored. the modular floor plans of japanese houses based on the standard size “tatami” straw mat are a concept that impressed many western modernists.