Japanese aesthetics

understanding Japanese aesthetics is about re-discovering our relationship with nature.

Learn important concepts such as “wabi-sabi,” “ma,” and “emptiness ( 空(kuu)).”

Buddhism and Zen crystallized the concept of ” 空 (kuu),” which is the core magic of Japanese aesthetics that let beauty emerge from emptiness.

MUJI, Kenya Hara, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto etc.

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