SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1999

Toward Structural Safety Standards for Historic Wooden Buildings in Japan—An Attempt through Experiments and Analyses


Japanese historic wooden buildings are distinctive regarding the aspect of their material (timber), and of their frequent exposure to natural hazard (earthquake and typhoon). This paper introduces the state-of-the-art of the structural and technical aspects for conservation of the historic wooden buildings in Japan. Damage caused by natural hazards, structural interventions that have been tried, and structural experiments that are being performed are discussed.

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Sakamoto, I
Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Nishizawa, H
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Hidaka, K
Institute of Art and Design, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
Fujita, K
Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 226–240
DOI: 10.1520/STP14194S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5403-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2606-0