Japanese aesthetics

understanding Japanese aesthetics is about re-discovering our relationship with nature.

Learn important concepts such as “wabi-sabi,” “ma,” and “emptiness ( 空(kuu)).”

Buddhism and Zen crystallized the concept of ” 空 (kuu),” which is the core magic of Japanese aesthetics that let beauty emerge from emptiness.

MUJI, Kenya Hara, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto etc.

Articles related to Japanese aesthetics

MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

April 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tune-up your senses at optimal level through decluttering

July 3, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Debunking the myths of Japanese food: is it really healthy and natural?

April 4, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI “Wood House” model home in Kanagawa, Japan

August 20, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-3: Haiku – the beauty of worlds’ shortest poem

November 26, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Analogue Renaissance! Re-discoveing the beauty digital cannot deliver

August 11, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero sugar: re-adjusting deliciousness to make your diet easier

December 29, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-13: Zeroing in on our potential

Chapter 2-5: Is sushi cuisine of subtraction?

November 23, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Beauty of ambiguous architecture: Sou Fujimoto

March 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Why we need Zero

Chapter 1-9

Chapter 3: Abundance by condensation

Hiragana-No Spiral House: Yuko Nagayama x Panasonic

September 21, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-5: Subtraction on taste – how do we determine deliciousness?

Tea ceremony and chashitsu: the ultimate example of Zen design

June 25, 2019/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyu)

August 17, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 3: Abundance by condensation

January 10, 2018/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 3-3: Small is engaging – MUJI toothbrush stand

January 7, 2018/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

The Japanese House: Sou Fujimoto

May 19, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2: Abundance by subtraction

Circular economy 300 years ago

February 12, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto: House Vision 2016

October 8, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Origami, the co-existence of art and math

July 1, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Is it color? Or is it absence of color? White: color of Zero

January 2, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-3: Haiku – the beauty of worlds’ shortest poem

Truth of sharing economy: what are we really sharing?

December 17, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero (kuu): the core tenet of Zen Buddhism

Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Discover the aesthetics of “less is more”

March 18, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 – 21st century perspectives

September 28, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Celebrate what you already own: Patagonia

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tradition of shoe repair: it’s about renewing relationships

March 10, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 4: Abundance by absence

December 10, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

February 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 4-2: Absence on senses

December 2, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-2: Ikebana – the art of subtraction

November 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-2: Full because it’s empty

November 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Haramaki, Heattech or MUJI?: waste heat recovery of the people, for the people

December 18, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kintsugi: Repair beyond repair

February 16, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-10: Roots of Zen – Japan in the Middle Ages

Chapter 3-4: Tai’an – Rikyu’s microcosmic teahouse

January 5, 2018/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-7: Discovery of zero = abundance

November 22, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

The Zen of Minimalism: How Minimal Design is a Catalyst for Happiness

April 28, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 5-1: Geographical settings of Europe and Japan

Train baby’s taste buds to define deliciousness properly: Plum Organics

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-2: Full because it’s empty

Abundance by absence in music: “Absolutely on Music” by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

December 11, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-7: Activate your taste buds by subtraction – Plum Organics

November 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-6: What is deliciousness by the way?

November 15, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Where would millennials live when they go minimal?

January 3, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zen perspectives in Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Las Vegas Project

December 18, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kenya Hara and the aesthetics of “emptiness”

February 2, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Yoshino Cedar House x Airbnb: True sharing enabled by “people”

April 14, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

What is Zero?

Chapter 3-5: MUJI House – Edit your own life style

December 16, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

“Great Transformation of Architecture”: Toyo Ito and Sustainable Architecture

December 6, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

How much is sufficient? “80% Full Product” by MUJI

December 15, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-8: Nagata farming method and the power of zero

November 21, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Abundance by subtraction in music: piano & Nobuyuki Tsujii

March 11, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Anonymous is beautiful: “The Profiles of Design” by Naoto Fukasawa

December 1, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 3-6: MUJI Hut

December 1, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto (2): House Vision 2016

March 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tofukuji kare-sansui by Mirei Shigemori

September 15, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-10: Zazen – empty your body and mind for mind-FULL-ness

November 5, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

The MOMAT Exhibition: The Japanese House – Architecture and Life after 1945 –

August 17, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-8: Taste buds’ performance and Plum Organics

Zero perspectives in “Small Architecture” by Kengo Kuma

December 2, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-7: Sugar, as the new black

Yoshino-sugi Cedar House : Go Hasegawa x Airbnb

December 27, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2: Abundance by subtraction

November 30, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Dwell on design 2017: Small is beautiful

June 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Re-discovering human-size comfort: MUJI’s Good Fit Right Angle Socks

December 15, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

“Deceptively simple line”: Charlie Brown, a cartoon of Zen

November 25, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Penguins are not boring: Asahiyama Zoo

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Grand Third Living: Kengo Kuma x Toyota House Vision 2016

October 8, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Absence in Ukiyoe: Hiroshige – One hundred of Famous Views of Edo

December 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Minimalist Ukiyo-e & paints by Hokusai

February 8, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-14

Kengo Kuma: Our cities need to “ferment”

March 16, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tanada Terrace Office: MUJI x Atelier Bow-Wow House Vision 2016

October 17, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Recipe for Japanese caramel pudding “purin”: reduce sugar – drastically!

May 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero Narrative

Zero and Sustainability: aesthetics matter


October 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Japanese cheesecake: wobbliest, lightest and most delicious?

December 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-2: Ikebana

“So-an,” the 1000-year-old Zen tiny house

August 9, 2019/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 4-3: Absence in business – Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

December 1, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-6: Deliciousness in the modern world

How sweet is deliciously sweet? AISSY quantifies sugar in cookies

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Happiness through the lens of Minimalists

October 10, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Aesthetics of “emptiness”: Kenya Hara, designer of Zero

December 4, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Prince’s Piano & Microphone: Ultimate Art of Absence

April 19, 2018/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-11: Power of Zero

Demystifying the mysteries of Japanese aesthetics

March 30, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

November 26, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Discover the magic of smallness: MUJI’s toothbrush stand

January 13, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Applied Origami, as state-of-the-art engineering

December 16, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

“Simplify!” Steve Jobs’ relentless quest for Zen design

September 20, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

My Neighbor Totoro: honest face of nature

March 22, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Shou sugi ban, primitive-modern architectural material

December 29, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

iFixit – rediscover the joy of making and repairing things

December 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 4-6: Absence is the mother of creativity

November 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Want to design your own living style? apply for MUJI House

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 3-2: Bonsai – the art of condensation

January 8, 2018/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI x UR: MUJI beautifully fixes-up old-fashioned urban apartments

January 14, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-4(2): Effect of subtraction 2