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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.

Introduction to Japanese Aesthetic Principles

Introduction to Japanese Aesthetic Principles

October 2nd, 2018 Culture & History

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.

Japanese Minimalism: Wabi Sabi, Ma, and Japanese Design

Japanese Minimalism: Wabi Sabi, Ma, and Japanese Design

October 6th, 2018 Culture & History

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 Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

October 16th, 2018 Culture & History

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.

Japanese Bathing Culture: Sento, Onsen, and Ofuro

Japanese Bathing Culture: Sento, Onsen, and Ofuro

May 23rd, 2019 Culture & History

What you need to know about Japanese bathing culture

History of Tea House Architecture

History of Tea House Architecture

May 27th, 2019 Culture & History

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.

Japanese Public Baths: How To's and Etiquette

Japanese Public Baths: How To's and Etiquette

July 6th, 2019 Culture & History

The basic etiquettes of bathing in public baths

Zazen Meditation

Zazen Meditation

July 6th, 2019 Culture & History

Learn about Zazen, the foundational practice of Zen Buddhism. | By SEN Recube

Tokyo Souvenirs: Where to Buy Japanese Ceramics

Tokyo Souvenirs: Where to Buy Japanese Ceramics

July 13th, 2019 Culture & History

Tokyo is one of the best places to buy souvenirs

Why Is Japan So Clean?

Why Is Japan So Clean?

August 3rd, 2019 Culture & History

Something that is undeniable about Japanese culture is its concern and care for cleanliness.

Capsule Hotels

Capsule Hotels

August 10th, 2019 Culture & History

Not for the claustrophobic, Japanese capsule hotels were born out of necessity and have since evolved into a quintessentially budget-friendly modern Japanese experience.

Kanto Vs. Kansai

Kanto Vs. Kansai

August 10th, 2019 Culture & History

There is a deep rooted rivalry between Kansai and Kanto with each prefecture having developed its own unique culture.

Kintsugi—A Celebration of Imperfection

Kintsugi—A Celebration of Imperfection

September 17th, 2019 Culture & History

Kintsugi is a Japanese traditional repair technique that not only restores broken ceramics but also incorporates imperfection as part of the new design.

From Traditional Textiles to Modern Graphic Design — Hidden Meanings Behind Japanese Patterns

From Traditional Textiles to Modern Graphic Design — Hidden Meanings Behind Japanese Patterns

October 4th, 2019 Culture & History

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.

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