Culture & History
Understanding of culture and history is crucial to enjoy traveling around Japan. In our articles we take deep dives into Japanese culture and history, from teahouse traditions to samurai lords.
Japanese aesthetic values are primarily informed by a fusion of Shinto and Buddhist ideals. Scholars have dedicated their life to explaining Japanese aesthetic principles and the unique national psyche they are informed by. Continue reading for a straightforward look at Japanese aesthetic principles, the lenses through which nature, objects, people and art are perceived in Japan.
Haiku, Muji products, Uniqlo clothes, Marie Kondo’s tidying methods. Japanese minimalism is everywhere, and comes from unique Japanese concepts wabi sabi, ma, and ku.
The tea ceremony, the way of tea, Teaism—there are equally numerous terms to refer to the practice in Japanese, highlighting the multifaceted nature of the traditional Japanese ritual of taking tea. One early term for the art is chanoyu (茶の湯), literally meaning “the hot water of tea,” highlighting the refined aestheticism focused on the preparation, presentation, and enjoyment of the drink itself.
What you need to know about Japanese bathing culture
Japan boasts some of the richest artistic traditions in the world, and the tea house is one of many examples in cultivating this Japanese cultural-aesthetic spirit.
The basic etiquettes of bathing in public baths
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Something that is undeniable about Japanese culture is its concern and care for cleanliness.
Not for the claustrophobic, Japanese capsule hotels were born out of necessity and have since evolved into a quintessentially budget-friendly modern Japanese experience.
There is a deep rooted rivalry between Kansai and Kanto with each prefecture having developed its own unique culture.
Kintsugi is a Japanese traditional repair technique that not only restores broken ceramics but also incorporates imperfection as part of the new design.
Japanese traditional patterns derive from nature, plants and animals. Not only are they printed in traditional textiles and ceramics, but also integrated into modern designs.