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Wonderful Houses Around the World

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About the Author

About the Author

Yoshio Komatsu has travelled all over the world for the past 25 years, shooting pictures of simple homes and the people that live in them. He has published several books in Japanese, including Living on Earth. His first book in English, Built By Hand: Vernacular Buildings Around the World, was published by Gibbs Smith in 2003. Yoshio’s photographs appear frequently in magazines and calendars in Japan, as well as in books. His wife, artist Eiko Komatsu, often travels with him, and she did the preliminary drawings for the houses shown in this book. Yoshio and Eiko, when not travelling, live in Tokyo, Japan.


Akira Nishiyama studied at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. She has done essays and illustrations for lifestyle magazines and books, including Treasure Box for Wonderful Living and Coordinate Book.