Bay Area Maker Faire: Not for beginners because...

2017 Bay Area Maker Faire just completed its 3days celebration. Whereas it's huge and comprehensive, it may not be good for beginners. Why?

Demystifying the mysteries of Japanese aesthetics

What's the common secret behind traditional Zen arts/culture, wabi-sabi, MUJI, Japanese architecture, sushi and Totoro? It's the unique approach toward nature.

My Neighbor Totoro: honest face of nature

Totoro used be our real neighbor, and it was so by design. Totoro was next to us when our “architecture” was subtle, ambiguous and yielding to nature.

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

In his conversation with Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa explains effective "ma" in music, a Japanese concept that places void in between sequences.

Abundance by subtraction in music: piano & Nobuyuki Tsujii

Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii cannot see. Yest his music is so powerful. A river runs through his music. What's so special about his piano play?

Tradition of shoe repair: it's about renewing relationships

We are obsessed with shoes. A pair that perfectly fits our feet is hard to find. When we repair such pairs, we are renewing our relationships with them.

Kintsugi: repair beyond repair

“Kintsugi,” Japanese traditional technique to repair broken ceramics change your definition of “repair.” It heals injured ceramics and give them new life.

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

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Is white a color? Or is it absence of color? Discover through Harunobu Suzuki's Ukiyo-e.

Japanese minimalist design and traditional Zen & Zero culture

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Minimalism is often associated with Japanese traditional Zen-style design. Zen style arts and design focuses on eliminating any unnecessary frills or decors.

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

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Hiroshige Utagawa is known for his strikingly simple, streamlined and highly refined composition. He also employs absence which leaves outstanding impression.

"Deceptively simple line": Charlie Brown, a cartoon of Zen

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A cartoonist is someone who draws the same thing day after day without repeating himself. Charles M. Schulz