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

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

April 4, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kintsugi: repair beyond repair

February 16, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Bonsai: condensation of nature for your palm

January 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement): Define ultimate essentials by subtraction

January 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

How sweet is deliciously sweet? AISSY quantifies sugar in cookies

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tradition of shoe repair: it’s about renewing relationships

March 10, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-2: Ikebana

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

December 15, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-9

Origami, the co-existence of art and math

July 1, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero perspectives in “Small Architecture” by Kengo Kuma

December 2, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 4, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Discover the aesthetics of “less is more”

March 18, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Minimalist and Zen: What’s in common?

April 28, 2017/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 1: Power of Zero

Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

February 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

January 14, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-13: Zeroing in on our potential

Horyuji: World’s oldest surviving wooden architecture

October 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kenya Hara and the aesthetics of “emptiness”

February 2, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto: House Vision 2016

October 8, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Circular economy 300 years ago

February 12, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Beauty of ambiguous architecture: Sou Fujimoto

March 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Abundance by subtraction in music: piano & Nobuyuki Tsujii

March 11, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Hiragana-No Spiral House: Yuko Nagayama x Panasonic

September 21, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-7: Sugar, as the new black

Chapter 1-11: Power of Zero

Zen design, minimal design, “less is more,” Japanese traditional design and Zero explained

November 28, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

We are all in this together: re-thinking design & architecture

December 6, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Shou sugi ban, primitive-modern architectural material

December 29, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 15, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI House: design your own life style and happiness.

My Neighbor Totoro: honest face of nature

March 22, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

May 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Why we need Zero

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

December 6, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Minimalist Ukiyo-e & paints by Hokusai

February 8, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

November 27, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero Intro: Re-discovering the beauty and abundance in “less”

Penguins are not boring: Asahiyama Zoo

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

November 26, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 29, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

iFixit – rediscover the joy of making and repairing things

December 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-6: Deliciousness in the modern world

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

March 11, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Profound beauty found in “less”: Zero design defined

December 2, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Discover the magic of smallness: MUJI’s toothbrush stand

January 13, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kengo Kuma: Our cities need to “ferment”

March 16, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Anonymous is beautiful: Zero in Naoto Fukasawa’s design

December 1, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

April 14, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Yoshino-sugi Cedar House : Go Hasegawa x Airbnb

December 27, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zen perspectives in Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Las Vegas Project

December 18, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Grand Third Living: Kengo Kuma x Toyota House Vision 2016

October 8, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Truth of sharing economy: what are we really sharing?

December 17, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

April 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

Nou (traditional theatre)

October 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Tanada Terrace Office: MUJI x Atlier One House Vision 2016

October 17, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI Oak Bench: Minimalist, agile and versatile

April 8, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-14

Where would millennials live when they go minimal?

January 3, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero and Sustainability: aesthetics matter

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

Chapter 2-4: Effect of subtraction

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

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

December 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 3: Abundance by condensation


October 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero Narrative

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

Dwell on design 2017: Small is beautiful

June 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Celebrate what you already own: Patagonia

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Japanese minimalist design and traditional Zen & Zero culture

January 1, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Prince’s Piano & Microphone: Ultimate Art of Absence

December 19, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tune-up your senses at optimal level through decluttering

July 3, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 5-1: Geographical settings of Europe and Japan

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

November 25, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2: Abundance by subtraction

Demystifying the mysteries of Japanese aesthetics

March 30, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Analogue Renaissance! Re-discoveing the beauty digital cannot deliver

August 11, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

March 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Japanese cheesecake: wobbliest, lightest and most delicious?

December 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kare-sansui (Japanese Zen rock garden): ultimate beauty of absence

January 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 16, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

What is Zero?