Early Evolution Stages of Japanese Architecture: Formation of National Identity and External Influences

  • Galina Shevtsova Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture; Kyoto University


Taking as an example the excavation and reconstruction of several significant prehistoric settlements, the article studies the development paths of Japanese architecture of the Neolithic and Bronze periods (the Jomon and Yayoi eras). It describes the main types and constructions (such as tateana and takayuka) and analyses foreign influences and original features of Japanese architecture of the early evolution stages. The article tells about social and religious conditions of development of the Japanese society in that period and touches upon the main artistic artefacts of the Neolithic and Bronze epochs related to architecture (such as dogu and haniwa). It focuses on the recent problems of reconstruction of ancient Japanese settlements based on archeological remains.


Egami Namio. (1978). The beginnings of Japanese art. New York: Weatherhill; Tokyo: Heibonsha.
Fujita Masaya, & Koga Shusaku. (1999). Nihonkentikushi. Kyoto: Sevado. 藤田まさや・古賀秀策「日本建築史」 – 京都:昭和堂、1999年
Shevtsova, G. V. (2011). Istoriya yaponskoi arkhitekturi i mistetstva [The history of Japanese architecture and art]. Kiev: Grani-T.
Watanabe Yasutada. (1964). Shinto art: Ise and Izumo shrines. New York: Weatherhill. Tokyo: Heibonsha.
Yamatonokokogaku. (1999). Nara: Kashihara Kokogaku Kenkudjo, Fudjokuhakubutsukan. 大和の考古学。奈良:立橿原考古学研究所、附属博物館、1999年.
Young, D., & Young M. (2004). Introduction to Japanese Architecture. Tokyo: Tuttle.
Sato Masaji (2003). Nihonkentikushi. Tokyo: Omusya.「日本建築史」佐藤政次の発行者下 – 東京 :オーム社、
How to Cite
SHEVTSOVA, Galina. Early Evolution Stages of Japanese Architecture. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 58, p. 134-141, dec. 2018. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <http://www.projectbaikal.com/index.php/pb/article/view/1418>. Date accessed: 30 may 2020.