Saiho-ji Zen garden: 1000 years-old amusement park produced by nature

How to apply Japanese minimalist, Zen design to your home?

If you want to introduce Zen-taste minimalist design, what are the tips? There are several critical Zen aesthetics such as “subtraction”, “condensation” and “absence” that strongly influenced modern minimalist design. Find them through MUJI and other iconic product design.

The aesthetics of “absence” in Ukiyoe: Hiroshige – One hundred of Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige was an Ukiyo-e master excelled in emphasizing essential elements only. His One Hundred Famous Views Edo is a prime example of his aesthetics of subtraction and absence.

Ginkakuji: the labyrinth of wabi-sabi

The Jisho-ji, commonly known as Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion), is a villa created and lived by the 8th Muromachi shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. It is considered the pinnacle of Zen-inspired wabi-sabi aesthetics. MUJI’s advisor Kenya Hara and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has unique perspectives on Ginkakuji.

Engawa

Engawa, the narrow wooden strips attached around the periphery of a house has been an indispensable part of the traditional Japanese house, functioning as a sun porch, a workshop, a venue for socializing and a buffer to shield the house from harsh weather. Learn more about its various faces and versatile applications.

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.

Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement): no-cost therapeutic hobby

Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangement, is an ideal quarantine-friendly hobby because it requires minimum amount of branches and/or flowers you can find in your backyard. With no costs, you can find your inner Zen and peace of mind.

Kare-sansui (Japanese Zen rock garden): ultimate beauty of absence