An exhaustive review of Japanese homes including most of the significant features, I.e., design, roofs, flooring, walls, verandas, gardens, etc. Other books might go into more detail on specific aspects, but this book covers more ground than any other book I've read. His critique of the shortcomings of Western houses and lifestyle is at times pointed as well as surgical in its aim. I can imagine reading this book more than once depending on what I a currently interested in. I would highly recommend this book to any westerner wanting greater insight into the design and layout of Japanese homes. I would recommend A Japanese Touch for Your Home for more insights into the why's of design, but this book is a great introduction to various styles.