Wabi-sabi 101: what does “Japanese aesthetics of imperfection” really mean?

Wabi-sabi is a traditional aesthetic concept that embraces imperfect and elusive nature as is, people say. But what does it really mean? What kind of situation will make you embrace negative qualities such as decaying, losing or feeling lonely as a source of beauty? There are a couple of critical clues to understand it.

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Recession 2020: Survive and thrive resiliently thru The “Less is more” Economy

In today’s divided and volatile world, we need an outside-the-box, upending of values in order to achieve happiness. 100 years after the Bauhaus, the “Less is more” economy explores an abundant and fulfilling life by moving away from material/financial excess in order to unleash our true potential. Good-bye to the draining and endless competition for “more,” and good-bye to economic efficiency. It’s time to embrace our inherent power and resilience to start designing our own happiness.

NBA’s China Crisis: Is Lebron James really a hypocrite?

After the NBA-China fallout, Mr.Silver said “Not sure where we’ll go from here.” Please stick to fundamentals, both philosophically and financially, because the global economy, including China, is about to go down. Things can get bad and harm all of us “financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” not just billionaire NBA players.

Kenya Hara, Japanese “emptiness” aesthetics guru, on decluttering

Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara is known for his “emptiness” design philosophy as you can see in MUJI products. He says we shouldn’t own too much because it will ruin the beauty of our living environment. Find his take on decluttering to live a truly rich live.

The evolution of MUJI House

MUJI started in the house supply business in 2004 and announced its 4th product in 2019. Their slow but steady evolution keenly reflects the shift in people’s perception on what happiness is all about. Find MUJI’s compact, simple and flexible way of life in which you can design your own happiness.

Traditional Japanese poems from waka to haiku and tanka

Learn about traditional Japanese poems that boast world’s shortest format from waka, renga, haikai, haiku to tanka, They all come wtih 5,7,7 (and 5,7) sylablles.