Why the hell did Japanese samurai commit seppuku (harakiri)?

Seppuku (harakiri) is “ritual suicide” practiced by Japanese samurai, but why the hell did they adhere to such a dreadful idea? Here’s why.

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.

Curious perspective of Japandi: the many faces of Japanese-Scandinavian crossover

”Japandi” marries Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, “surprisingly” similar two cultures that are far apart. But in reality, it’s a natural crossover and Japanese have had natural affinity toward Scandinavian culture for quite some time. Find curious blends of the two in literature, music, movie and fashion.

History of Japanese aesthetics 4: Edo period and Iki Part II

History of Japanese aesthetics (5) reviews the latter half of Edo period (1600-1868), during which Japan gradually opened toward outside world, absorbing advanced science and technology in unique ways.

History of Japanese aesthetics 4: Edo period and Iki Part I

History of Japanese aesthetics (4) reviews the first half of Edo period (1600-1868), which saw steady social growth and advancement in art/science.

History of Japanese aesthetics: Wabi-sabi and more

Japanese aesthetics are known for its simple and minimalist design details and unique appreciation of natural beauty. There have been a couple of decisive moments in history that helped cement those qualities. “History of Japanese Aesthetics” reviews social backdrops of 1) Heian, 2) Kamakura, 3) Muromachi and 4) Edo period and discuss how they influenced the formation and crystallization of Japanese aesthetics.

History of Japanese aesthetics 1: the Heian period and Mono no aware

Roll back the clock 1,000 years to the Heian Era to find the origin of the elusive and ambiguous Japanese aesthetics where the aristocrats explored the culture of “mono no aware.” It is amazing to find how much the aesthetic style had changed, but the fundamentals remain the same to this day.

History of Japanese aesthetics 3: Muromachi and wabi-sabi

History of Japanese asethetics (3) reviews Muromachi era (1336-1573), which coinsided with the early Renaissance in Europe. However, Zen-influenced, minimalist aesthetics were the opposite of Renaissance.