Japanese Aesthetics in Design
Contemporary Japanese life is embedded with rich cultural, religious and spiritual traditions. These traditions inform and dictate the way in which Japanese people live their daily life and also in the way the material world is constructed around them.
These traditions go beyond merely a few simple guidelines by which to live ones life- rather they speak of a set of ideals that have existed for centuries but have only been exposed to the western world for a little over 200 years.
These ideals, and others, underpin much of Japanese cultural and aesthetic norms on what is considered tasteful or beautiful.
Below are the four main aesthetic ideals/principles and their relevance to the nature of design and form.