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.

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

Kare-sansui (Zen rock garden) is one of the most prominent Zen designs cemented by Zen Master Muso Sosek in 14th century. Find its history and beauty.

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.

Kyoto Zen gardens

Tofukuji kare-sansui by Mirei Shigemori

Japanese artist Mirei Shigemori (1896 – 1975) infused fresh energy into the traditional Japanese Zen rock garden (kare-sansui). Tofuku-ji Hojo garden in Kyoto is one of the most acclaimed works of his that still survives to this day. Find how traditional and modern, classic and avant-garde blend in his work while maintaining the serenity of Zen.

1000 year-old amusement park: Saiho-ji (koke dera)

Saiho-ji (koke dera) is one of the oldest Japanese Zen garden designed by Muso Soseki. Find its breathtaking beauty that also fascinated Steve Jobs.