Ancient civilizations in the Americas: mesmerizing power of “less is more”

“Less is more” is a design or aesthetic concept that reminds that additional frills do not necessarily guarantee beauty or happiness. But its principle, or the tension between “less” and “more,” is totally universal that it applies to everything people has done in history. Indeed, the conflict between the desire for “more” and “less,” or the reservation toward it, has been what has made our history colorful and thriving on one hand, but violent and tragic on the other hand.

Andy Warhol: The Zen of Pop Art

Horyuji: How do you make wooden buildings that last 2,000 years?

People who built Horyuji, the oldest surviving wood structure, had unbelievably deep knowledge about wood. Better than our technology.

Remembering Prince

Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e through the lens of Frank Lloyd Wright

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma re-visited Wright’s intriguing relationship with Hiroshige’s “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” in his book “自然な建築 (Natural Architecture).

Chapter 3-4: Tai’an – Rikyu’s microcosmic teahouse

“Tai-an” is the ultimate small tea hut, designed by the legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu. According to architect Kengo Kuma: “You won’t understand what Tai-an is all about until you actually crawl into this small hut and experience the very moment when the building, which is almost as small as your body, starts dissolving and enveloping your body softly and lightly, as if it were your clothes.”

Abundance by absence in music: “Absolutely on Music” by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

In his conversation with Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa explains effective “ma” in music, a Japanese concept that places void in between sequences.