Dashi (Japanese soup stock) as a drink. No, I’m not kidding.

Dashi, Japanese soup stock, is an integral part of Japanese cuisine. As it’s an extract of natural blessings, quality matters. The best one is great as a drink.

History of Japanese aesthetics for smarphone readers

Japanese aesthetics, simple and minimalist design details and unique appreciation of natural beauty, in 4 concepts: mono no aware, mujo, wabi-sabi and iki.

Wabi-sabi 101 for smartphone readers

Wabi-sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic concept and one of the oldest manifestations of minimalism in art. Find out what it is exactly in a relevant way.

What is wabi-sabi in Japandi? for smartphone readers

As wabi-sabi is not a design style, it takes a little learning to apply it in Japandi, a Japanese Scandinavian design aesthetic hybrid. Here’s what you need to know.

Sou Fujimoto: House NA (2)

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 2-2

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 1 (2)

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Kenya Hara, Japanese “emptiness” aesthetics guru, on decluttering (2)

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.

Japanese aesthetic term “iki” and Ukiyo-e (2)

粋 Iki is an important Japanese aesthetic term that bridges traditional values and modern ones. Look at the Ukiyo-e that showcase the gist of iki.

The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men): Men (otoko) Part 2

Noh masks are us ed for Noh theater, traditional Japanese dance theater which have more than 400 years history. Find a variety of masks used by men characters.