Japanese Design

4 Feb

Japan is a series of islands. The four main island were Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoki, and Hokkaido were the dominating ones in history. The largest of the four was Honshu, and its overall are is less than California. The terrain is very mountainous and they are subject to a lot of earthquakes. Their architecture takes into account this fact. The Japanese were actually late-comers into the Asian scene. They adopted from the Korean and then later largely from the Chinese. They adopted forms of government, Buddhism, and writing from them. The Japanese also wanted to be close and one with nature. Their architecture while resembling the Chinese was much more simplified, and not as strict.


Japanese House

Japanese Screens

Tori Gate

The Tori Gate is a significant architectural structure for the Japanese culture.

The furniture style was also minimalistic. They celebrated the natural wood. The fixtures on the furniture were simplly made metal handles. The Japanese were not a highly decorated society. Unlike the Chinese culture. They had low tables, and few seating options if any. Screens were also largely used in the interiors.

Ancient Japanese Screen – All Hand Painted

Screen used to separate rooms.

Japanese Dining Room

With Japan’s adoption of many cultural trademarks of China – bonsai was also taken up, introduced to Japan during the Kamakura period (1185 – 1333) by means of Zen Buddhism – which at this time was rapidly spreading around Asia.

 Origami is the ancient Japanese art form of paper folding. In translation, it literally means to fold (ori), and paper (kami). The aim of the art form is to fold the paper into patterns and shapes without the use of scissors, glue or any other added tool or decoration.

Japanese Painting

 Japanese cranes, or red-crowned cranes, are symbols of many things such as peace, longevity, and fortune. But, among all the emblems they represent, they miss one reverend title. They are not Japan’s official national bird.


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