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

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

January 2, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-11: Power of Zero

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

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

December 6, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

February 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Minimalist and Zen: What’s in common?

April 28, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Japanese minimalist design and traditional Zen & Zero culture

January 1, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Celebrate what you already own: Patagonia

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Origami, the co-existence of art and math

July 1, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-13: Zeroing in on our potential

Chapter 2-4: Effect of subtraction

Shou sugi ban, primitive-modern architectural material

December 29, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

January 14, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Profound beauty found in “less”: Zero design defined

December 2, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

November 28, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI “Wood House” model home in Kanagawa, Japan

August 20, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-14

MUJI Passive house

September 20, 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: Abundance by subtraction

Why we need Zero

Zero perspectives in “Small Architecture” by Kengo Kuma

December 2, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Truth of sharing economy: what are we really sharing?

December 17, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI solar cooking scale – inspiring everyday product

September 26, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Dwell on design 2017: Small is beautiful

June 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

March 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI Oak Bench: Minimalist, agile and versatile

April 8, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

How sweet is deliciously sweet? AISSY quantifies sugar in cookies

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

September 20, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Kenya Hara and the aesthetics of “emptiness”

February 2, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tune-up your senses at optimal level through decluttering

July 3, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

March 11, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Hiragana-No Spiral House: Yuko Nagayama x Panasonic

September 21, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Yoshino-sugi Cedar House : Go Hasegawa x Airbnb

December 27, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zero Narrative

MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

April 27, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

November 26, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Japanese cheesecake: wobbliest, lightest and most delicious?

December 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Nou (traditional theatre)

October 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Circular economy 300 years ago

February 12, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Abundance by subtraction in music: piano & Nobuyuki Tsujii

March 11, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1-9

Beauty of ambiguous architecture: Sou Fujimoto

March 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Zen perspectives in Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Las Vegas Project

December 18, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 1: Power of Zero

Chapter 1-2: Full because it’s empty

Happiness through the lens of Minimalists

October 10, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 3: Abundance by condensation

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

December 6, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Tofukuji kare-sansui by Mirei Shigemori

September 15, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

MUJI House: design your own life style and happiness.

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

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

Kengo Kuma: Our cities need to “ferment”

March 16, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 4, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Discover the magic of smallness: MUJI’s toothbrush stand

January 13, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Horyuji: World’s oldest surviving wooden architecture

October 10, 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

Zero and Sustainability: aesthetics matter

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

December 15, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

May 29, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyu)

August 17, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Tanada Terrace Office: MUJI x Atlier Vow-Wow House Vision 2016

October 17, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net


October 30, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Penguins are not boring: Asahiyama Zoo

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Analogue Renaissance! Re-discoveing the beauty digital cannot deliver

August 11, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

My Neighbor Totoro: honest face of nature

March 22, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 2-6: Deliciousness in the modern world

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

December 29, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

What is Zero?

Grand Third Living: Kengo Kuma x Toyota House Vision 2016

October 8, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

April 14, 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

Demystifying the mysteries of Japanese aesthetics

March 30, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Minimalist Ukiyo-e & paints by Hokusai

February 8, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Discover the aesthetics of “less is more”

March 18, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Bonsai: condensation of nature for your palm

January 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

The Japanese House: Sou Fujimoto

May 19, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

December 15, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Chapter 5-1: Geographical settings of Europe and Japan

Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

July 7, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

September 28, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

November 25, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

January 6, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

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

Chapter 2-7: Sugar, as the new black

iFixit – rediscover the joy of making and repairing things

December 10, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Anonymous is beautiful: Zero in Naoto Fukasawa’s design

December 1, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Where would millennials live when they go minimal?

January 3, 2017/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto: House Vision 2016

October 8, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net

Prince’s Piano & Microphone: Ultimate Art of Absence

December 19, 2016/by mihoyofuji@comcast.net