This post is a continuation on the topic of the influence of Japanese architecture I started [here
If you can't make it to Japan today or long for the Meiji Era I'd like to recommend this location in Pasadena California.
The GAMBLE HOUSE
demonstrates the ripple effect of Meiji Japan's display at the Chicago Exposition 1893 (Columbian Exposition) on American art and architecture. It's remarkable that affluent Americans of that era and soon a good portion of the middle-class thought it very fashionable to live in bungalows and estates with an "Oriental" touch.
Check out the history
page and enjoy the pics
I took the tour. WOW. There are so many details one would miss by just walking through the house without a docent. What I found fascinating is the Greene brothers used the tsuba, sword guard, as a theme throughout the house aside from other Asian motifs like cranes, stylized mist and also simple carvings one of which was Mt. Fuji.
The home didn't feel like sloppy "fusion" architecture or interior design. Two samurai swords displayed in the sons' bedroom were removed from the home by the owners and were replaced with Civil War sabres though. It was incredibly elegant without being too luxurious and does deserve to have the title of being an architectural gem.
Interesting fact. Two USC architecture students are chosen to live in the house and ofcourse we were not allowed into their rooms.
Recommended the Greene and Greene
brothers wiki entry.