Tea ceremony and chashitsu: the ultimate example of Zen design

SIWA: Naoto Fukasawa re-imagines washi, traditional Japanese paper

Japanese washi paper maker Onao collaborated with renowned product designer Naoto Fukasawa, who liked the way washi got wrinkles when it was shrieked. He designed many items using “naoron” under the brand name “SIWA” – a term coined by flipping “shi” and “wa” of “washi,” but it also means wrinkles.

Haruomi Hosono: What it means to be a super adept Japanese musician

After methodically absorbing enormous amount of music and its associated details, if was as if Haruomi Hosono disassembled and dismantled them, stripped away any meanings and produced something that was so minimal, fundamental and universal.

Horyuji: How do you make wooden buildings that last 2,000 years?

Toyo Ito: Tama Art University Library

When architect Toyo Ito saw the location of the Tama Art University Library, he thought about caves. But why caves? “I think I have been subconsciously fascinated by them,” Ito recalls. Caves are completely different from conventional architecture. They have no exterior; only interiors. They have entrance but no outlets. Lights or winds act very differently in there.