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The STARS Exhibition at Mori Art Museum – Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara and more

The STARS Exhibition at Mori Art Museum in 2020 featured Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tatsuo Miyajima.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT designed by Tadao Ando

Architect Tadao Ando designed 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo, a design museum founded by designer Issey Miyake, who wants to make design an economic resource.

The Tokyo Toilet: 16 architects and designers re-imagine public restrooms

16 Japanese architects and designers re-imagine the potential of public restrooms (toilet) in parks. Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito and more.

Buddhism 101: Is Dalai Lama’s school same as Zen?

You may know Dalai Lama and Zen, but are they the same Buddhism? Find what Tibetan Buddhism and its Japanese counterpart is about.

What is wabi-sabi in Japandi?: a practical guide for confused design lovers

Are you Googling “wabi-sabi” because you are interested in Japandi – the Japanese/Scandinavian design aesthetic hybrid? Are you confused because you haven’t found information/inspiration you are looking for? We can help you, as we write a lot about Japanese aesthetics, including wabi-sabi.

Model of House N designed by Sou Fujimoto

Experience the model of the “House N” designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto at the exhibition “The Window: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows.”. The multi-layered house ambiguously and serendipitiously define the relationships between inside of the house and the outside environment.

Wabi-sabi 101: what does “Japanese aesthetics of imperfection” really mean?

Wabi-sabi is a traditional aesthetic concept that embraces imperfect and elusive nature as is, people say. But what does it really mean? What kind of situation will make you embrace negative qualities such as decaying, losing or feeling lonely as a source of beauty? There are a couple of critical clues to understand it.

Japanese aesthetic term “iki” and Ukiyo-e (1)

粋 Iki is an important Japanese aesthetic term that bridges traditional values and modern ones. Look at the Ukiyo-e that showcase the gist of iki.

MUJI House “Yo no ie” model home

We visited the model home of the “Yo no ie” in Chiba, Japan. Yo no Ie is MUJI House’s latest product and first single story house, focsed to open toward the outside environment.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 1

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.